Kessel Coming To A Head?

First it was Stephen Harris in the Boston Herals siting unamed sources closes to the Bruins that something is imminant and now Damien Cox is suggesting that this has to end soon or Burke may pull the offer sheet out of his back pocket”

“In fact, sources indicate that if Kessel isn’t traded in the next 48 hours, the Maple Leafs may be prepared to lay down an offer sheet in order to bring the issue to a conclusion.”

“The Leafs are believed to have offered two first round picks and a second – more than the free agent compensation of a first, second and third – but could amend that to involve young players. Nazem Kadri, however, is out, and probably Tyler Bozak and Christian Hanson are too since GM Brian Burke knows future attempts to sign NCAA free agents would be damaged if he dealt either Bozak or Hanson just months after signing them.

Winger Viktor Stalberg or forward Jiri Tlusty are possibles, but the Bruins would likely view either as anything but a guaranteed contributor for this season. Tomas Kaberle, included in trade talks between the two clubs in June, now has an active no-trade clause again.

For the Leafs, waiting much longer carries with it the risk that other teams might suffer injuries and therefore join in the bidding. So the likeliehood is that this weekend will see Kessel either traded or tendered an offer sheet.

Kessel is still recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and won’t play until mid-November. But he should know the identity of his new team within days.”

Great blog post by Damien. Let the banter continue and the countdown officially begin….


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