The Need To Trade Kessel Was Evident

Bruins Forced To Move Young Talent

Sometimes things just don’t work out.  That’s exactly what happened between the Boston Bruins and Phil Kessel this offseason as the Bruins sent the 21-year-old right-winger to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a first-and-second-round draft picks in 2010, and a first-round pick in 2011.  The Leafs in return, signed the talented scorer to a five-year $27 million deal.  

Kessel has a ton of upside offensively but proved to be a bit to pricy for the B’s to retain this season especially with the likes of Aaron Ward and other free agents coming back to the Hub.  Many believe that Kessel was a product of a good offense and line-mate in Marc Savard and that he was overrated, even with 36 goals in 70 games.  What cannot be disputed is that the B’s and Kessel didn’t develop a long-lasting agreement and relationship that could’ve kept the 21-year-old in Boston for the long run. 

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