Friday, August 28, 2009

Rangers Need to Step Up Interest in Kessel

Mark Everson at the New York Post says if the Rangers are interested in Bruins restricted free agent Phil Kessel they're going to have to setup their efforts as trade talks are heating up with other clubs...

"The Rangers are believed to have talked seriously with the Bruins about trading for Kessel, but not lately. At least two other teams are believed to have stepped up their bidding of late. Kessel is rehabbing from rotator cuff surgery, but may be ready to skate when camps open next month.

A righty center/right wing, Kessel led the Bruins with 36 goals last season, despite missing 12 games, and stood plus-23. He went 6-5-11 and plus-7 in 11 playoff games for Boston. He won't turn 22 until Oct. 2."

Kessel is demanding a $5 million-a-year salary, which the Bruins can't afford due to their cap situation.

...if there was ever a spot where the Rangers were going to trade Dubinsky this would be it. Kessel is a rising star in the league and, in my opinion, has a higher ceiling than Dubinsky.

...cap wise not sure how the Rangers can fit him in, especially since the Bruins will not be able to take the salaries of Redden or Rozsival back.

5 comments:

liltedspop said...

If you can not figure a scenario where the Rangers fit him under the cap then why bother posting such a stupid thread!!!!!!

chris said...

First of all the Bruins will NOT trade Kessel and even if they would we'd need to give away way too much to get him

Second...you already answered that question with the cap issue.

wish this was like to baseball cap where we could simply pay a fine if we go over then maybe we could fill in the gaps but the Dolans probably wouldn't pay up anyway.....

NYRFan said...

C'mon lilted, what's up with the insults? Its not my job to figure out how to fit him under the cap that's Sather's job.

liltedspop said...

it was not meant as an insult but just a very highly unlikely move given the B's cap situation!! A far more likely move is to acquire Heatley & I predict it will happen within now & training camp. you could do say Dubinsky, their choice of Del Zotto, Sanguinetti or Anisimov + a contract poss. Rozival For Heatley & that deal makes us a far better team than Kessel does!!!

Andrew_794 said...

agreed nyrfan...i still like to see who the rangers are interested in. while it would seem hard to fit redden or rosi under the cap, theres always a chance.