Kessel chatter around the NHL?

The Tomas Kaberle Trade Watch is (mercifully) over, but that doesn’t mean Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke is done.

One NHL scout said the Leafs have been testing the waters to see if there any takers for winger Phil Kessel.

“I was kind of surprised to hear his name as a possibility, but Kessel’s available,” the scout said.

A series of phone calls and e-mails from the Toronto Sun to other scouts and industry insiders did little to clear things up. One other NHL scout said he has also heard the Kessel talk but several others were unaware of anything of the sort.

In an e-mail to the Toronto Sun, Burke vehemently denied shopping his prized sniper.

In dealing Kris Versteeg and Kaberle, Burke has done a good job to recoup a couple of first-round picks for the 2011 entry draft after trading last year’s and this year’s first-rounders to the Boston Bruins in the Kessel deal.

The picks acquired from Philadelphia and Boston will be near the end of the first round, but at least now the Leafs scouts have something to do.

Unlike many of his comtemporaries, Burke seems to be ready to recognize when a player hasn’t worked out (Versteeg) and moves to fix the situation.


Don’t be surprised to see the Washington Capitals make a move soon. GM George McPhee (fondly — for now — known as GMGM in the District) has been working the phones, and scouts say he has been dangling forward Alexander Semin to improve his team … From the “Other Shoe” Department: The Colorado Avalanche traded goalie Craig Anderson to the Ottawa Senators Friday and word is they are looking at a guy like Jonathan Bernier of the Los Angeles Kings as a long-term solution in net.


With Kaberle having been dealt, another offensive defenceman who might be had is John-Michael Liles of the Avs, and he likely would command a first-round pick in return … There has been a lot of talk around underachieving Nashville Predators forward J.P. Dumont — especially with Canadiens scouts around the Preds — but the word out of Music City is Dumont won’t waive his no-trade to go back to Quebec, or anywhere else, apparently.

85 Responses to Kessel chatter around the NHL?

  1. LeafsFTW17 says:

    yeah I know none of those would happen. I'm just trying to see where everyone stands on the worth of those three.

  2. nordiques100 says:

    Lebda does not fit in Wilson's system. And Komisarek is useless.

    While some are disinterested in filling the holes on D, simply put, the Leafs have to find a legit top 4 Dman.

  3. nordiques100 says:

    Never draft by position, especially at late 20s. if the leafs keep the picks, end up picking 2 Dmen in the 1st, so be it. its all about gathering assets.

  4. palindrom says:

    Wasnt it your first line?

    Just for fun, im trying to put an offer as a canadien fan:

    Paciorrety, kostitsyn, Cammalleri

  5. leafmeister says:

    What if the best player available was a Dman? And besides, I suggested getting into the range of the 5-10 picks. I would be fine with drafting Strome, or Brandon Saad, but if Dougie Hamilton was deemed the best player available, I would not hesitate.

    BTW, Kadri is not going to be an NHL center. He may be a 1st liner, but not a center. Not drafting Strome simply because we have Kadri is ridiculous. Pittsburgh didnt say "Shit, well guys, we got Malkin last year, better go for Bobby Ryan this year." You draft by quality, not by position.

  6. leafmeister says:

    I would not trade Kulemin. He is going to be a very important piece going forward. He is hard working, big, strong, plays a two way game, goes to the net, kills penalties, and can snipe. I see him as a two way, 60 point 2nd liner. Those are valuable.

    I would trade Grabo and Mac if the return was big enough.

  7. reinjosh says:

    Fair point. I'm just not convinced about this draft. If I had to keep the picks, I would rather keep them both and stay in the later rounds. Quantity in these types of drafts. It would cost way to much to get in the top 10.

  8. reinjosh says:

    He's only in his 3rd year though and would come cheaper than Erhoff/Bieksa. He still has lots of time to become better than Karlsson, Myers and Pietrangelo.

  9. reinjosh says:

    I guess he is better than I thought, I'm just not sure he could do well in a pressure place like Toronto. He couldn't face the pressure in Boston after his breakout season.

  10. leafmeister says:

    That depends. I have heard two things about this draft. I have heard that the top 10 is still average, and it takes a big drop off after that, or that the entire draft is average, but their are no high-end franchise type players at the top. If it is the latter, then yeah, I agree with you, but if its the former then my plan would be best.

    What have you heard is the main weakness in this draft?

  11. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Yeah I'm likely gonna take a little bit of flack on this one but – Burke could be considering doing what the Titans did this year in the NFL in firing your head coach and trading your borderline star player and starting over? Doubtful but possible – but it sure looks like the Leafs are going to be stuck with Ron Wilson again next year pouting behind the bench – and with the direction that the team is going in (which is really pointing toward a youth movement) there isnt a person that has sanity that can say that he's the coach that can motivate a young group of guys.

    I'd liken it to the Mike Ditka period in New Orleans Saints history – which if you ask any Saints fan didn't really happen it was a bad dream!
    Could this be a real scenario for the Leafs if they were to make a deal for Kessel however?
    To the Kings
    Phil Kessel
    To Toronto
    Wayne Simmonds
    Brayden Schenn
    Jonathan Bernier
    1st Round in 2011
    I don't know if Lombardi would be down with giving up Simmonds but the Leafs would have the best Young combo in goal with Reimer and Bernier that could easily turn into a 1 and 1A combo – the Leafs get there coveted Schenn. and the first gives the Leafs a middle round pick that couple with their two other firsts can help them move up in the draft or swap off for another roster player if they feel it could help them?
    Most importantly they get kids who know what it really means to wear the Maple Leaf and wear it with pride.
  12. mapleleafsfan says:

    I really like pacioretty.. He's one of the habs I'd love to get.. Probably pretty untouchable after his play lately and how nicely he fits the habs needs though.

  13. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    I know that this looks like overpayment for Kessel but admittedly this guy in the right environment without the pressure of playing in a market where every move you make is under a microscope would excel and as a complimentary player instead of the whole F'n Show he is in Toronto right now.

  14. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    Could any Leafs fan please explain to me why Komisarek still has an A??

    The report I read this morning was that they'd take the A they gave to Schenn and give it to Armstrong I think it should be the A that's on Komisarek to Armstrong, the only A Komisarek should be seeing is the A that stands for AHL.
  15. mapleleafsfan says:

    I would take that trade in a heartbeat… No chance LA would part with that much for Kessel.. Kessel is a solid player and has potential to be really good with a good center but considering we gave up 2 1sts and a 2nd to get Kessel we`d be getting a much better return than we gave up.. Schenn>A typical first (fair enough it ended up as seguin but irrelevant), Simmonds > 2nd, Bernier and their first > than our first… 

    Considering people say we got absolutely fleeced in the Boston deal (not getting into it) that would be a massive win of a trade for the leafs..
  16. Zeddyp_Sens says:

    uhhh lets see Richards doesnt want to play in T.O….. why in gods name would Tampa EVER trade you guys stamkos….and Ottawa and toronto would never make a trade for anything better then 4th line players inless the package is absolutly unbelievably impossible to pass on……and with that said please inform me what the leafs have to offer to get either spezza or stamkos…..2 picks that will be #25-30?… save your fingers the hassle next time and dont come up with such bone headed ideas

  17. realistic_leafs_fan says:

    I would do that trade in a second and you are right…Wilson is not the guy for the Leafs.

  18. MystifoLeafs says:

    I can't remember if there is any Ottawa fans on this site but would you be ok with this swap.

    Negative value for negative value. If you want more I am happy to throw in Phillys 3rd rounder. 
  19. TheLeafNation91 says:

    True, but he also was on the top line.

    I think if you can bury him with Schenn, a pure defensive minded player on the second-unit, then I think it would work out well…

    He also only makes 3 million a year. Would quarterback the PP

  20. TheLeafNation91 says:

    What's going on with Schenn to Toronto???

    I would hope it being a first and Kadri

    I like Colborne better, mainly because of his attitude

  21. leafs_r_a_joke says:

    Are you kidding me? Malkin? Parise? Stastny and Mueller? The best bet would be a 1st round pick for each player.

    Grabovski 27 – Until this year, Career high 48pts
    Macarthur 25 – Until this year, Career high 35pts
    Kulemin 24 – Until this year, Career high 36pts

    See the trend? All 3 until this year have done squat. Are they turning the corner, or are they a 1 year wonder? Nobody knows. Do you think that Colorado, New Jersey and Pittsburgh are gonna gamble the likes of Malkin, Parise and Stastny to see if they can repeat it? ABOSLUTELY NOT.

  22. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Yeah he is one of my fav. players on the team, I wouldn't trade him

  23. LeafsFTW17 says:

    He has time but hes progressing really slowly

  24. Kessel_Leafs48 says:

    me too, his size is what we really need and he has nasty hands for a big guy. 

    i wouldnt mind giving up both the first rounders if it means getting schenn back
  25. THENOTORIOUS says:

    if the leafs want to rebuilt why not do..

    Kessell for B.Schenn and a 1st?

  26. 93killer93 says:

    Eklund is reporting the Leafs are getting closer to a deal with LA for Brayden Schenn.  He only gets what 1% of his rumors true so hopefully this is one.

  27. mapleleafsfan says:

    You'd really do both 1sts and kadri for schenn?

    That seems steep to me.. I don't really see all the hype about him. No doubt I'd love to have him and he's probably better than kadri but he's not really an expected franchise player or anything..
  28. lukeleim says:

    2011 NHL Trade Deadline

    Trade Phil Kessel to the Los Angeles Kings for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

    Trade Brett Lebda to the Montreal Canadiens for the Canadiens' 6th round draft pick of 2011.

    Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
    Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Wayne Simmonds
    Fredrik Sjostrom – Darryl Boyce – Colby Armstrong
    Mike Brown – Tim Brent – Colton Orr

    Dion Phaneuf – Keith Aulie
    Carl Gunnarsson – Luke Schenn
    Mike Komisarek – Matt Lashoff

    James Reimer
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere

    2011 NHL Offseason

    Resign Luke Schenn four-year contract 12 million.
    Resign Clarke MacArthur two-year contract 5 million.
    Resign Tim Brent one-year contract 625,000.
    Resign Carl Gunnarsson two-year contract 2 million
    Sign Joni Pitkanen four-year contract 18 million.

    Clarke MacArthur – Mikhail Grabovski – Nikolai Kulemin
    Nazem Kadri – Brayden Schenn – Wayne Simmonds
    Joffrey Lupul – Tyler Bozak – Colby Armstrong
    Mike Brown – Tim Brent – Colton Orr

    Joni Pitkanen – Luke Schenn
    Dion Phaneuf – Keith Aulie
    Mike Komisarek – Carl Gunnarsson

    James Reimer
    Jonas Gustavsson

  29. lukeleim says:

    Resign Tyler Bozak one-year contract 1.2 million.

  30. TheOnlyIslesFan says:

    I trust Kramers sources over Eklunds, atleast the Burkies dog guy has been right once.

  31. lafleur10 says:

    thanks,but no thanks lebda is a bum and if we are going to give up a pick for a defenceman i'd rather give up a 2nd or 3rd for chris phillips,than give up a 6th for a waste in brett lebda

  32. LeafsFTW17 says:

    Kramer knows what hes talking about, I always trust his sources hahaha.
    I remember once he said that Toronto was interested in Crosby..Try telling me thats not true.

  33. MystifoLeafs says:

    Umm let me break it down for ya….

    “When the time comes, if that’s an option, Toronto is always a No. 1 hockey destination,"
    “It would be great being a Canadian playing in Toronto but we’re not even close to that bridge yet and, like I said, I’m focused here.”
    Brad's words not mine.
    2. Ottawa is kind of auctioning everything and if they are rebuilding we sort of have picks and prospects.
    3. There is a thing called a "offer sheet" I highly doubt Tampa could match a 10 year 110 million dollar offer sheet Toronto could make up. 
  34. MystifoLeafs says:

    You show me a quote from an alleged source who does not even have a name I might add. Where as I have quotes of Brad Richards actually saying he would not mind playing for Toronto. I think when the actual player comes out and says to the media he would not mind it at all means a lot more from some "source" in Tampa.

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