Before I start this article, let me preface it by saying that this is unlikely. Not only did Kessel leave Boston on a somewhat sour note to go chase the money, but his work ethic is something that makes all Bruins fans cringe.
Nevertheless, the return of Phil the Thrill is something that all Bruins fans should hope for, and its not out of the realm of possibility to see a reunion.
Toronto brass is looking to move on from Kessel and seriously alter their core prior to the NHL Draft. Because of their willingness to shake things up, there is also a chance that Toronto would be willing to eat some of the remaining 6 years and $48 million dollars left on his deal, which would lure the Bruins into a trade after being left in cap hell by Peter Chiarelli.
The Bruins have the necessary pieces to pull it off, but Don Sweeney has a big decision in front of him very early on in his tenure as the GM of the Boston Bruins: to re-tool for another cup run or blow it up and only keep a select few (Pastrnak, Bergeron, Hamilton, etc.). IF the Bruins believe that they are only a big move, or a few smaller moves, away from a deep Stanley Cup run, then Kessel could be their missing piece.
Although last year was an off year for Kessel, he still scored 25 goals, which would have led the Boston Bruins. Kessel's unique ability to finish at the net and put it into another gear when he needs to should make him at the top of the Bruins' Wish List.
And, for those of you who would like to see Kessel back in Black and Gold, then this interesting report will add fuel to your fire: according to Bob McKenzie, who is one of the most well-known and respected names in hockey, the Bruins are 1 of the 8 teams that Kessel would approve a trade to. This is not crazy to imagine, as the Bruins were there for Phil Kessel as he battle testicular cancer as a teenager and became a man with the Original Six Franchise.
But there is an elephant in the room that I am trying to avoid: the price to bring him here. Truthfully, aside from Bergeron and Hamilton, there really isn't anyone on this team that I wouldn't trade. However, the Bruins feel differently and rightfully so. But what would it take to get him?
Any trade that involves the Bruins and Toronto in regards to Phil Kessel will almost certainly involve the Bruins' 14th overall pick in this years NHL Draft. From there, the trade could include a combination of Malcolm Subban, Reilly Smith, Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow/Ryan Spooner. Its a lot to give up, but the Bruins may need a big move like this to not only shake up the locker room, but add some much needed talent to their offense-less roster.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS