Ok, the Bruins signed Matt Hunwick, good signing. They signed David Krecji, another really good signing. Mark Recchi is back in the Bruins fold as well. Steve Begin left Montreal, along with a bunch of others, to sign on to wear the spoked B. PJ Axelsson is on his way back to Sweden. And Aaron Ward is going back to where he won one of his three Stanley Cups in Carolina. But all is very quiet on the Phil Kessel front. When last we heard anything was he had successful surgery on his rotator cuff. (Would the Bruins put out a press release if it was unsuccessful surgery…just asking).
My way of thinking is that the Bruins are going out their way not to sign Kessel. I do understand that they may not be totally pleased with his play all the time especially in the defensive zone, but for the most part he had turned that around was working to be a more complete player. He also scored 36 goals in the regular season and six in the playoff. The most of any player on the team.
Kessel wont be back before Thanksgiving, and no one really knows what kind of talks he and his agent have ongoing with Boston. But the fact remains, no Phil Kessel signing. What makes this even more interesting is after trading Ward the Bruins signed Derek Morris to a one year contract worth 3.3 million dollars. Now the Derek Morris that played in Calgary a few years ago is a lot better than last years Morris. And granted, it’s a one year contract but 3.3 mil? And still no Phil Kessel sighting or signing.
Now there has been no offer sheet from any other NHL club which would have put more pressure on the Bruins to either negotiate or let it go, but my only question is, Why? You can either like him or hate him, but to not have any news on your leading goal scorer who is a restricted free agent is quite curious to me.
All these off season moves tells me, that it really is all about Phil Kessel.