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RFA Glance: Phil Kessel

I’m going to preface this with a converation I had with Stas:

Stas: You really think there’s a chance of getting Kessel?
Dave: No, but it’s something to talk about.

So, while neither of us think this actually has a chance of happening, it’s worth mentioning. The Boston Bruins are looking at a very tough offseason, with both David Krejci and Phil Kessel being RFAs, and roughly $10 million in salary cap room for next year. At first glance, it appears they will only be able to resign one of them, because they need to save room to resign Milan Lucic and Blake Wheeler in the following offseason.

Why not throw an average of $4 million per year at Phil Kessel? The kid is 22, and is a pure sniper. I mean, the kid has one of the best wrist shots in the league. Sure, it will cost the Rangers either a 1st and a 3rd round pick (for signing under $3.9 million annually), or a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick (over $3.9 million annually), but that definitely is worth it. To reiterate, he’s 22. Do you really think, with Glen Sather’s draft history, that those draft picks are worth more than Kessel? And where would you rather have him spend the $4 million? The enigmatic Nik Antropov? Ales Kotalik? Kessel is the no-brainer there.

And the kicker? The picks wouldn’t be from this draft, so the Rangers would still have a solid opportunity at drafting one of the three wingers previewed earlier this week.

I will give Sather credit if he at least throws an offer sheet out there.

6 Responses to “RFA Glance: Phil Kessel”

  1. Stas says:

    hmmm you made it sound so easy and thoroughly convincing that I’m now a believer haha

  2. Adam says:

    great idea – chances of it actually happening – zero. not only do I think sather lacks the intelligence to pull something like that off, I’m not sure if boston would let it happen for $4MM/year. I think if would have to be an over the top offer a la Kevin Lowe and the Oilers a few summers ago…

  3. Dave says:

    Lowe snagged Penner for $4.5 million/yr.

    Food for thought.

    • Stas says:

      yeah but as i recall that was lowe’s like 3rd option at least…offered vanek crazy cash and the rumor was out there that he was gonna throw ridiculous money at Hank as well

      • Dave says:

        Regardless of which option he was, he still snagged him for $4.5 million a year.

        If he signed Hank, someone would have shot him.