Burke about to Lowe blow the Bruins?

By , September 5, 2009 6:33 pm
Offersheet headed Kessel's way?

Offersheet headed Kessel's way?

Is Brian Burke planning to send an offersheet out to Phil Kessel? It’s starting to seem that way. The Leafs have reportedly traded a 2nd and 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft to Chicago for their own 2nd round pick in 2010. The Leafs now own their 1st, 2nd and 3rd round picks. Now I’m no genius here, but there’s absolutely no reason for them to make this trade other than to send an offersheet to someone.

Why else would he:
a) trade for a 2nd round pick next year and give up a 2nd and 3rd round pick to do it
b) trade for his OWN 2nd rounder
c) do it now

The question now isn’t “IS he going to send an offersheet?”, but “WHO is he going to send it to?”.
All reports have been pointing to the Bruins trading Phil Kessel, as talks have not gone well. But Kessel looks like the type of player worth taking a chance on via offersheet, and well, the Leafs and Bruins have discussed Kessel in the past. Plus, if we had the opportunity to screw the Flames over and benefit our team, wouldn’t we? The B’s and Leafs are division opponents, so that fuels this possibility a bit more.

So what salary range will a 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounder land you? Well, anywhere between ~$4.5M and $6.0M (note: he could also be preparing to offer 2 1sts, 1 2nd, 1 3rd also which would be a ~$6M – $7.5M range, or just a 2nd rounder which is a $1.5M to $3M range, but I think both are unlikely scenarios). That’s a lot of cheddar for a guy who has only had the one good year. But would you do it?

I’d say yes, if we had the cash. Kessel will be a premiere player in this league one day, and it’s hard not to compare the guy to Mike Modano. I would definitely have to say that there is a good chance that there will be less regret from Burke than their was from Lowe when he sent out his offersheet. But one thing to note is Kessel is still recovering from shoulder surgery. But I’m sure that won’t stop the Leafs, as I would have to assume they will throw out a multi-year deal.

So will the Bruins match? I’m sure they’d love to, but currently they only have 22 men on their NHL roster signed, and about $1.13M cap space. If the Leafs are willing to throw out that level of an offer to Kessel, I’m pretty sure there is a good chance they’ll get their man.

But question is, why would Burke want to run his team into the sewer like that?

RFA Compensation Table

OFFERCOMPENSATION
$994,433 or belowNone
Over $994,433 to $1,506,716 Third-round choice
Over $1,506,716 to $3,013,434Second-round choice
Over $3,013,434 to $4,520,150First-round and third-round choice
Over $4,520,150 to $6,026,867First-round, second-round and third-round choice
Over $6,026,867 to $7,533,584Two first-round choices, one second- and one third-round choice
Over $7,533,584Four first-round choices

13 Responses to “Burke about to Lowe blow the Bruins?”

  1. chucker says:

    It’s the only player who isn’t signed, who has been rumoured in trade speculation who would be even worth considering it.

    NHLNumbers.com has it here http://nhlnumbers.com/freeagents.php?team=none&pos=none&summer=2009&status=none&type=none I can’t see this being for a guy like Versteeg, if you know what I mean. Drew Stafford is the only other guy unsigned that anyone might recognize, but hardly worth the drafts that be needed to land a guy of his level. Kessel is the only one that makes sense.

    Why did I always know that Burke would offer sheet a player some day and then it would be spun as “completely different situations.” I wish he would get hit by a TTC bus.

  2. Racki says:

    Ya it was only a matter of time.

    It is possible though that he’s just trying to force Chiarelli to trade Kessel to him, or lose him to free agency (for a 1st,2nd,3rd next draft). Either way, he’s still being a douche for using the same tactics Lowe did. I guess Burke is a desperate GM trying to save his job?

  3. Mr.Majestyk says:

    It might be that the Bruins would prefer Toronto draft picks than roster players because they don’t have cap space to take on any of their players.

  4. Bostonoiler says:

    Hey guys, this morning in the Boston paper they talked about this, The Bruins are now trying everything they can to trade him before Burke offers him. The Bruins are prepared to matched the offer-sheet and then trade him too…So many scenarios here, but Boston is going to do everything they can to stop the Leafs from getting him.

    I’ll be on the OMB soon, there was a pretty big mix up, I can’t log on.

  5. Hockey Noob says:

    Racki, let’s walk back in time to see what Burke had said:

    “They’re all being re-signed at inflated prices,” Burke told the Times. “Everything I said a year ago has come true. Every single word.”

    “Most [general] managers don’t like starting fights with any other managers .… Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers, the second contract [for players] has disappeared.”

    “”You go right now from entry-level to what used to be the third contract, thanks to two offer sheets from Kevin Lowe.”

  6. chucker says:

    Yeah even if he’s trying to force a trade, it’s via strong arm tactics. “Trade him to us for this package of garbage or we’ll offersheet him.” Chiarelli is smart and won’t cave to Burke. I hope Burke offers, Chiarelli signs Kessel and trades him to a Ottawa. That would be sweet.

  7. Racki says:

    Bostonoiler: Hey guys, this morning in the Boston paper they talked about this, The Bruins are now trying everything they can to trade him before Burke offers him. The Bruins are prepared to matched the offer-sheet and then trade him too…So many scenarios here, but Boston is going to do everything they can to stop the Leafs from getting him.I’ll be on the OMB soon, there was a pretty big mix up, I can’t log on.

    Hey B.O. Interesting to hear about the Bruins. However, to note, they can’t match an offersheet and then trade Kessel. You are not allowed to trade a player for a period of 1-year after matching an offersheet. If the Bruins match, they kind of screw themselves unless they can make another trade or move of some sort with other players to free up the cash.

  8. Max Powers says:

    Honestly, I would be pretty happy with taking the leaf picks. A leaf first rounder? Damn skippy.

    Bruins can’t even really afford to take on another roster player or 2. I bet they’ve been looking for a potential high 1st rounder the whole time, as a centerpiece anyway.

    Didn’t Viktor Kozlov get traded to a perennial cellar dwellar’s first and turn into Marleau? I think the same goes for Yashin being traded for a horrible team’s 1st (among other great players) and turning into Jason Spezza.

    As much as I think the leafs are a better team, they’re a couple injuries away from being a top 3 pick and are probably going to be a lottery pick regardless.

  9. Racki says:

    Yah it’s hard not to like getting the Leafs’ picks. But at the same time, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. You’ve got a pretty damn solid player in Kessel. Too bad they can’t afford him though, so chances are they won’t get any deals much better than a 1st,2nd,3rd pick.

  10. Soles says:

    Just a question here guys, but doesn’t Chiarelli have like 10 days to match the offer sheet? Can he trade PK after the the offer sheets been.. offered? If that makes sense :P

  11. Mr.Majestyk says:

    What team would accept Kessel in a trade if they know that he’s already signed an offer sheet?

  12. Racki says:

    Hey Soles, the Bruins do have 7 days to match, but no, they can not trade him at all. At best, they could trade him 1 year from now if they matched the offer.

  13. Soles says:

    I was just wondering that if (when) the leafs send out the offer sheet, they could trade Kessel to a team that would match the offer sheet. Stupid idea i know lol, just curious as to the rules.

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