According to Pierre Lebrun of ESPN.com, the Toronto Maple Leafs have offered the Bruins two first round picks and a second round pick for Phil Kessel. Additionally, the Nashville Predators expressed their interest in Kessel via the Tennessean . James Murphy of NESN.com is also reporting the N.Y. Rangers and L.A. Kings remain interested. He notes Jack Johnson is a player who could be involved in a deal.
Chiarelli is obviously trying to get the most he can in return for Kessel. Two first round and a second round pick is quite a package for Kessel. Dealing a player to a division rival is a different story and may be the reason Chiarelli has taken so long to trade the 21 year old winger. Toronto knows if they come in with an offer sheet Chiarelli will match, so their offer must blow him away if they wish to acquire Kessel. The fact that multiple teams are interested and two being Western Conference opponents gives Chiarelli leverage when trying to find the right package.