Afternoon Rumor Roundup – June 29, 2009

Kessel stays put for now

Oilers and Kings to swing a big deal?Kessel stays put for now

The Bruins had a deal in place Friday to ship right winger Phil Kessel, their high-scoring restricted free agent, to the Maple Leafs for veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle, just the kind of skilled, minutes-crunching blue liner who could make Boston a bona fide contender to be an Eastern Conference playoff champion, maybe even a Stanley Cup champion, next spring.

But like many well-prepared meals, garnish and presentation are so often the key, and the Kessel-for-Kaberle deal crumbled because Toronto didn’t have as many trimmings on the plate as the Bruins initially believed.

According to sources on both sides of the deal who had first-hand knowledge of the negotiations, the Bruins arrived at the draft late Friday afternoon believing they were swapping Kessel, 21, for Kaberle, 31. The Bruins initially asked for Toronto’s top pick in this past weekend’s draft, No. 7 overall, to be included in the swap. But when Toronto general manager Brian Burke turned down that package, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli countered with Kessel and Boston’s top pick next June for Kaberle and the No. 7.

A swap of players. A swap of first-round picks. Deal done. Or so the Bruins believed. So much so, said one source, that they planned to select hard-rock winger Zack Kassian with the No. 7 pick.

Oilers and Kings to swing a big deal?

Meanwhile, 300 km up Highway 2, rumours persist that Edmonton GM Steve Tambellini is shopping one of his four offensive defenceman in an attempt to kickstart the rebuild in Edmonton.

We’re hearing Sheldon Souray to Los Angeles — where his children live with his ex-wife, a long distance relationship that Souray has found taxing through two seasons in Northern Alberta. The package coming back would include defenceman Jack Johnson, and we’re guessing a forward with some grit, like a Wayne Simmonds.

8 Responses to Afternoon Rumor Roundup – June 29, 2009

  1. habswinthecup-again says:

     I am a little surprised that Burke turned down the deal if that is in fact what the deal was.

  2. glotz_99 says:

    thats a horrible trade for the leafs to take, you are giving up kaberle and the 7th overall pick for kessel and a pick that will end up probably being between the 20th to 30th overall pick.

    look what the ducks got for pronger, two 1st round picks, Jeoffry Lupul, who is only 25 yrs old and went 7th overall just a couple of years ago and another highly skilled defenceman prospect. 

  3. Kramer says:

     I heard the Rangers are gonna give Bobby Holik $9 million.

  4. zackman13 says:

    no that is not enough for him! sather already showed everyone that it was a steal!

  5. RossCreek says:

    Rangers deal Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, Michael Busto to Montreal for Christopher Higgins, Ryan McDonaugh, Pavel Valentenko, Doug Janik.

    WOW! How ya like that Hab fans?

  6. albertateams says:

    Did Bob gainey loose his mind???

  7. jonnygf40 says:

    What about:

    To Van: Kessel
    To Bos: Edler
    Both teams get what they need, plus Elder is 8 years younger than Kaberle and signed for 4 years at $3.25 million per year.  Vancouver could land a top 6 forward for insurance if they loose the twins.
  8. Leafmonkey says:

    Your Surprized? Kaberle and the 7th for Kessel is way to mucheven though he is a great player people keep underrating Kaberle and his heavenly contract.

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