Phil Kessel for a 2010 1st and 2nd round pick along with a 2011 1st. The return so far has been Tyler Seguin and Jared Knight, with the third installment due late June and looking like a top 10, possibly top 5 pick. But the trade has been more than just those picks. The Bruins also had their own picks, so they were well stocked up on draft choices. Add that with a fairly deep pool of prospects, and the Bruins had ammunition to make a move.
Bruins fans have always wanted the B’s to make that big move, whether it be Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk or even the superstud known as Raffi Torres. But the B’s have shied away, making smaller moves such as Mark Recchi, Steve Montador, and Dennis Seidenberg. I believe part of the reason for this is that the team did not have a surplus of picks from either being sellers in previous years or just from trades. The Bruins didn’t want to mortgage the future on players who were purely rentals. If you look at Chiarelli’s track record, he has re-signed both of his major deadline acquisitions in Recchi and Seidenberg, and one has to assume Kaberle is going to re-sign as well.
Right before the draft, the Bruins traded Dennis Wideman, their 2010 1st and and 2011 3rd round pick for Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell. Horton was the type of forward the Bruins needed to target. A young talented guy with a fair contract and locked up long term. This trade isn’t made though if we don’t have the Toronto picks from the Kessel deal. Part of the reason why that pick was expendable was because we got Seguin and we had 5 more picks in the first two rounds in 2011.
Fast forward to mid February. The Bruins traded Joe Colborne, a 2011 1st and a conditional 2012 2nd for Tomas Kaberle. This was the biggest deadline move since Gonchar/Nylander before the lock0ut. While it was a heavy price, he was clearly the best defenseman to be traded this deadline. Again, this trade does not happen unless the Bruins have those picks in 2011 from the Kessel trade.
The surplus in picks and young players allowed the Bruins to be more aggressive in a situation where they previously had been shy to pull the trigger. So not only did Kessel get us Seguin, but also helped us acquire Horton and Kaberle.