Plain and simple. A 2010 and 2011 first round pick and a 2010 2nd round pick is not enough for Phil Kessel.
Maybe the Bruins hands were tied because Kessel said he would not sign elsewhere, but you can’t help but feel disappointed in this return.
Phil Kessel is a 21 year old who scored 36 goals. He will have around 13 more solid years of 40+ goal potential. He was a 5th overall pick, and we got what should be two low-mid teen 1sts and a 40s second. Nothing great.
First off, we failed to even net a prospect. How come the Bruins couldn’t land a top prospect, I know they couldn’t take salary but prospects don’t count against the cap.
Second off, we traded him to a division rival, which is always a bad idea. Watching Phil for 5+ seasons in Toronto will suck.
Third off, the chances any of the picks we acquired turn into a player like Kessel are slim, and even if we do, what’s the point of the trade.
You never want to a see a good player, let alone a top 5 pick who just finished his first deal leave your team. Maybe Chiarelli shouldn’t have bought-out Schaefer, traded Ward, bought-out Eaves, signed Morris, and Kessel could be a Bruin.
At least we have Blake Wheeler, another 5th overall pick, so I guess that’s the free guy we got.