According to NESN.com, there’s absolutely no progress on talks between Phil Kessel and the Boston Bruins. Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, told NESN.com that there’s nothing major to report. Speculation is that the talks between the Bruins and Kessel could run well into training camp and even into pre-season hockey.
“We’ve had a few more discussions recently,” Arnett added, “but are we any closer to an agreement? I’d have to say no at this point.”
The problem here is that Kessel isn’t even due back from shoulder surgery until November or December, so it does make some sense for the Bruins to hold off a little on putting together anything serious. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has been speaking with his player, but for anything concrete to develop at this point might not be in the best interest of the club.
That’s not to say that this has stopped speculation from various sources on the Kessel situation from taking place. Some rumours have him headed to the San Jose Sharks, which is incidentally also rumoured to be the location of choice for one Dany Heatley, but Sharks GM Doug Wilson had nothing to say beyond the usual “anything is possible” mantra.
The Islanders have also been looking at Kessel, along with Bruins forward Marco Sturm, so it’s possible that there may be a deal in the works yet. While it’s always a risk for a team to acquire a player that won’t be in action until a month or two into the season, a healthy Phil Kessel can make a difference on just about any team in the league and I can see why there would be some interest around Chiarelli’s doorstep.
Even so, the odds are that we’ll just have to wait and see what will happen in the Kessel situation. Like Wilson said, anything certainly is possible.
Posted by Jordan Richardson.