Report: Kessel hasn’t broken off negotiations with Bruins
|09.10.09 at 8:47 pm ET|
Unsigned Boston Bruins forward Phil Kessel spoke with Sportsnet.ca on Thursday afternoon and denied a Boston Globe report that he’s broken off all negotiations with the Boston Bruins. The 21-year-old sniper said that he didn’t think he would be a member of the Boston Bruins during this coming season, but also said that returning was still a remote possibility.
“I don’t know who is saying that, but it’s not true,” Kessel told sportsnet.ca when asked about cutting off talks with the B’s after a summer that featured very little in the way of negotiations. “You can never say never. They are doing what they think is best for them. It’s just business.”
The Boston Globe quoted several unnamed sources that said the free agent planned to eschew the Bruins and instead pursue an offer sheet with one of the other 29 teams in the NHL. But Kessel clearly poured cold water all over that report while speaking with sportnet, and left the door ajar for a return to the Bruins. The B’s still have the right to match any offer sheet that the talented winger might receive from another hockey team.
Kessel also admitted to Sportsnet that the negotiations and trade rumors involving the Bruins have been uncomfortable to deal with this summer, and that he felt his chances of returning to Boston were slim.