Phil Kessel Trade Rumors + Another tidbit

Phil Kessel trade likely

Sharks on verge of signing veteran Malhotra

Predators pursue Bruins’ Phil Kessel

Phil Kessel trade likely

Stephen Harris / Bruins Notebook

TORONTO – Because of the looming threat the Bruins [team stats] will not be able to match an offer sheet for free agent Phil Kessel [stats], two well-placed sources in Toronto said the team is close to pulling off a blockbuster trade involving the 21-year-old sniper.

According to the sources, the deal likely will be finalized within the next week, as four teams are in the running. Toronto and Nashville have made the best offers in talks with B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli. Minnesota and the New York Rangers also are in the mix.

The Bruins hoped all along to keep Kessel but could not re-sign him despite making a lucrative offer, so they are close to getting what they can for him and moving on.

“We’re obviously at an impasse,” Chiarelli said before last night’s preseason game against the Maple Leafs, where he expected to speak to Toronto counterpart Brian Burke.

The B’s wanted to remain patient with Kessel and wait for the best possible deal to come up, even if it’s during the season, but one big issue is getting in the way.

There remains a real threat of a team, likely the Maple Leafs, signing Kessel to an offer sheet just before the start of the season. Teams have to be below the salary cap on Oct. 1.

Sharks on verge of signing veteran Malhotra

David Pollak

The ongoing competition for a forward spot on the Sharks’ roster is getting a little tougher just as the exhibition season that determines who stays and who goes is about to begin.

Free agent Manny Malhotra, a 29-year-old center who has spent the past five seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, is about to become a Shark, according to an NHL source.

Malhotra, who immediately becomes a favorite for a spot on San Jose’s third line, won’t be in the lineup tonight when the Sharks face the Los Angeles Kings in Southern California but should be with the team in the next two or three days.

Unlike a year ago, when nearly every spot on the roster seemed filled before training camp began, this summer’s offseason overhaul has made for genuine competition among forwards and defensemen. And for those involved, that makes the exhibition season anything but meaningless.

“There’s a lot of guys right here competing hard to be on this team,” prospect defenseman Mike Moore said. “These games are very important. Guys prepare for them as they would regular-season or playoff games.”

Coach Todd McLellan said that the players themselves will end up making the decision for him in the seven games that will be played over the next 10 nights, starting tonight in Ontario — the Southern California city, not the Canadian province.

Predators pursue Bruins’ Phil Kessel


The Predators have offered a combination of draft picks and prospects to Boston for forward Phil Kessel, General Manager David Poile said Wednesday.

Now it’s time to see whether Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli chooses to deal Kessel to the Predators, to another team or — less likely — re-sign him.

“I certainly believe in being aggressive and persistent and going after what I want. But I’ve made it clear what we can do,” Poile said. “It’s fairly apparent what other teams are doing.”

There have been reports saying Toronto is willing to give up two first-round draft picks and a second-rounder for Kessel.

“If (Chiarelli) gets two firsts and a second, he’s getting really good compensation,” Poile said. “But it is all in the eye of the beholder for a 21-year-old player who scored 36 goals.’

82 Responses to Phil Kessel Trade Rumors + Another tidbit

  1. albertateams says:

    That should say leafs players don't get enough credit

  2. mojo19 says:

    lol, this is too obvious, it should be the gayest hab besides Price.

    I'll take the only gay eskimo, Scott Gomez

  3. mojo19 says:

    He never played under 60 games, so that's not really an excuse.

  4. mojo19 says:

    Well its a bit of both. Once Leaf players get branded as "good" or "bad" that's it. They immediately become overrated or underrated.

    Towards the end of his Leaf career Aki Berg would play really solid for a month and once in a while have a bad game. And people would just hate him.

    Nik Antropov was the Leafs best winger for two years, hands down, way better than Tucker and people wouldn't acknowledge it because it was decided years and years ago that Tucker was "good" and Antropov was "bad". Finally when we had no other talent Antropov got some love, but there were still haters.

    There are a thousand other examples.

  5. nordiques100 says:

    loved it in tonights game seeing komisarek skate by and kinda threaten dan carcillo after carcillo ran over gunnarsson.

  6. Magleaf says:

    that hit on grabs near the end was freaking retarded..  what was that guy thinking…. and carcillos a spaz, stand up and scrap dont punch with your gloves on..  i know it was a pretty bad hit but still

  7. pezzz123 says:

    Stajan, White, Stefanovich and a 2nd is not fair value for Kessel, but you could have him for this considering the cir*****stances (see Heatley).

  8. cam7777 says:

    Ha, okay pezzz.  And then we'll trade Kaberle and Tlusty for Anthony Stewart and a 1st.

    Seriously, how do you think Kessel is worth a solid 2nd line center, a solid defensemen who hits 25 points every year with no PP time, a prospect with massive upside, and a 2nd round pick? 

    You know all the shots against Kessel.  He has had one good year on one of the best teams in the league alongside one of the best playmakers in the game, and has several issues outside of the rink.  If he was coming off his 2nd or 3rd 30 + goal season, then yea, I guess he's worth more than this.  But as of now, the guy put up 60 points, but is for some reason regarded as a superstar. 

  9. cam7777 says:

    What do you make of Jesse Blacker.  He definitely looked a million times better than the rookie tournament, and Wilson seems to have developed a soft spot for him already.  Can you imagine the audacity of this kid to tell Tomas Kaberle, in his first NHL game, where he wants him to stand on the powerplay?

    I think his development will be a ton of fun to watch.  So far, his development is looking a lot like a certain Nashville star, Shea Weber.  After a 16 year old season with 5 points, Weber followed it up with increased ice time and 18 points.  Likewise, Blacker put up 4, and then 21 points. 

    With the Maple Leaf defense set for a while, this kid is going to get every chance to dominate the OHL for a couple of years and grow into a big time offensive defensemen, before giving the AHL a go.  These two were even drafted in about the same spot, and look like they'll end up at about the same size and weight. 

    Now, comparing him to someone like that is obviously a massive leap of faith, but regardless, I'm pumped to see what the future of Jesse Blacker holds.  He even has a fantastic, and terrifying name!

  10. the_word says:

    Enlighten me, who is that we're overrating?

  11. dizon says:

    who cares about carcillo lol i enjoyed watching that one sided tilt with schenn

    and its not dirty like the grabovski hit.. but did you guys see the phaneuf hit? oh my.
  12. hockeyhead says:

    im a bruin fan who has seen every phil kessel game.

    he can skate, he can shoot,  he can stickhandle.

    he cant hit,  he cant take a hit, he cant go in the corners,  he doesnt use his wingers,  he cant fight,  he cant block shots,  he cant take a fair contract and wants more than david krejci.

    he has been in the doghouse a few times b/c he plays soft and doesnt backcheck.

    why do you think the bruins dont care to sign him?

    we have plenty of young kids to phil his shoes.


  13. hockeyhead says:

    i suppose rob brown wasnt made by mario lemieux

    kessel has ability.  but with no set up man (especially as good as savard)

    he is not going to put up 36 goals.


  14. hockeyhead says:

    i stuck up for kessel when he was drafted.

    he came in with a stigma.  jack johnson said he was a dirt bag.

    espn magazine had all this bad press about him.

    now he is di cking around the bruins and wants out cuz he doesnt like julien and playing defense.

    so,  screw fill kessel.  we dont need him anyway.

  15. hockey_lover says:

    Thank you. Im glad you appreciate my comeback. Its nice to know my efforts arent for nothing.

    Also, how exactly did I "lose" that one?  Twisted make an opposite comment to something that hockeyhead said. He never referenced anything I said. Shhhh … *patting you on the head*

  16. hockeyhead says:

    lefleur is dissing komoseri?

    wasnt i getting endless shit for my debates about lucic and komo and the habs.

    geez.  talk about turncoats.

  17. reinjosh says:

    that hit was amazing

  18. pezzz123 says:

    give him 2-3 years of experience and coaching, and he'll put up 45 without any set-up man.

    see : Kovalchuk
    see : Iginla

    I'm not comparing him to Kovy or Iggy, but he DOES have the offensive ability of these two (and Iginla is my favourite player).

  19. pezzz123 says:

    we're not discussing his defensive side of the game.

    we're discussing wether or not he can score goals without Marc Savard.

    and he does can score goals. lot of them.

  20. pezzz123 says:

    1rst I never said anywhere Kaberle + Tlusty vs. Stewart and a 1rst. My proposal was actually Kaberle vs. Repik, Stewart and a 1rst. And I pointed out that I included Stewart because he was a Burke type player.

    Second, Stajan may have had ONE good year, but he's no solid 2nd line center, he's a solid 3rd line center, or a very average 2nd liner. White is no solid d-man, he's a support d-man who can take a regular shift on a 3rd pair. Stefanovich may have good upside, but his flop % is so high that he was drafted in the 4th round and is considered a make or break prospect. He's gonna be either a 2nd liner of a minor leaguer. And a 2nd round pick has approx. 20-25% of playing in the NHL one day.

    You're talking about a guy who scored 36 goals while battling mono, just had cancer, and is just 21 years old. You're talking about a guy who's gonna score 40+ goals year in year out. Probably close to 50. I don't care if he has issues or doesn't backcheck. He scores. A lot. Look at what Kovalchuk's gonna get, what Heatley got ($$$), etc. And don't point me out that Heatley went for less than trade value, Heatley had a no-trade and nixed about 12 deals before going to the Sharks.

  21. nordiques100 says:

    I think lots of leaf fans will like blacker.

    he needs probably another 2 years at least and thats fine with the depth we have with the parent club.

    he was key in the windsor championshp run and can skate. he isnt big there is some upside to eventually make it as a 2nd pair defenceman.

    i think he is more a defensive defenceman moreso than offence right now, but he has lots of offensive upside according to some scouting reports.

    i think the leafs will end up carrying 8 D with frogren likely the one sent down……at least until they maybe trade someone in the top 8.

    the marlies D should be ok. but they dont really have much offensively unless gunnarsson or mikus can develop quickly into that type of player.

  22. hockeyhead says:

    the whole point is….is he worth the money and giving up all these draft picks.

    obviously not to boston.  they have plenty of young kids to come in.

  23. bbruins37 says:

    the reason people perceive savard as being better now is because he has now 100% proved himself. its not that kovalchuk made savard, its that people didnt know whether savard was just getting lucky or not playing on a line with kovalchuk. people just went with that kovialchuk made him because he was a more high profile player.

    since hes come to boston people realize that he is the one shaing others games, as hes played with lesser calibre wingers than kovalchuk.

  24. bbruins37 says:

    not ridiculous. you just have blinders on

  25. bbruins37 says:

    you say hockey writers are useless yet you bring up a hockey writer in every single frigging argument. and yeah im sure the preds are checking what  bob mckenzie has to say every day on…*****ing idiot

  26. pezzz123 says:

    he has average value to Boston, but very high value to anyone else looking to get his services.

  27. hockeyhead says:

    very true.

  28. cam7777 says:

    White averaged over 26 minutes a game in the last 40 games of the season last year, and was a plus 6, and put up a fairly strong amount of points (26) despite not getting any PP time.  I might give you Stajan, but that's really not giving him any credit.  He just turned 25.  He's far from peaked.

    Yea, Kessel had mono, boo hoo.  He also didn't put up any goals for almost two months because of an illness that sidelines most people for a couple weeks at most.  Do you know how many players have years like that?  A lot.  Very few of them actually become consistent, year in, year out 40+ goal scorers, and almost none of them hit 50 goals more than once.

    I wasn't going to point out the Heatley thing, but really, how do you figure Chiarelli's situation is any better?  Kessel has already worked out a deal in principle with the Maple Leafs, and wants to sign there.  The team can't afford to match after Sept. 30.  You should know this story by now. 

    And again, that said, I don't even want Kessel.  But if he's coming here, I don't want to overpay for him.

  29. mojo19 says:

    I have to agree with you guys. Burke said when he drafted Blacker that he realistically wouldn't be on the team for 3 or 4 years, which is cool.

    I definitely see him as a big time prospect, can play PP, plays physical, is a great big kid with some skill and more importantly a lot of hockey smarts. Like you mentioned Cam, communicating with Tomas Kaberle, not being nervous in his first NHL pre-season game. That's a lot of confidence.

    Jesse Blacker!

    I predict he turns out to be a better player than PK Subban

  30. mojo19 says:

    I don't think any current Leafs are overrated, but there was a time when Tucker and McCabe especially were overrated. I never liked those guys and so many people thought they were legitimate NHL superstars. I couldn't convince them otherwise.

  31. the_word says:

    You mean the guys Leaf Nation demanded to disposed of by any means necessary long before the end of their contracts? No one was critical of Tucker or McCabe? Their careers didn't suffer by being put through the judgement of Leaf Nation?

  32. cam7777 says:

    Stuff like that indicates to me that Burke and his staff really went above and beyond in the draft.  It is my belief that it takes a certain personality to play in Toronto.  You need to be *****-diesel king-shit confident to deal with the constant harassment in that town, and Bozak, Blacker, and so on, they all have this profile.  But, they all still seem to be pretty level-headed and genuinely good natured guys.  It's a fine line.

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