The Kessel File-Volume 2 - Phil Wants Out of Beantown
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09-09-2009, 11:46 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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i have a question i've thought of. Could Burke do this?
Boston says they're gonna match any offer Toronto makes. But when the season starts, they can't. Since you cannot go over the hard cap. So, the Leafs wait til October (since Kessels out til December anyways) and makes a RFA bid then? Boston is tied up, can't trade quickly/drop valuable players to waiver, and the Leafs get Kessel at a price above the cap of Boston
Is this possible?
No it simply puts more pressure on Boston.
Once and offer sheet is made a team has 7 days to accept or decline .. That 7 days gives a team plenty of time to make the appropriate roster moves to accept the contract amount and keep Kessel..
Dumping a player on waivers to free up space takes only minutes to compete the paper work and inform the NHL.
Bruins could also make trades of other players (but not Kessel) during that week although be under the gun a little to get fair value in return depending on who that player is .
Kessel is also currently recovering from injury so Bruins could also place him on long-term IR until he returns and buy themselves more weeks to get in line with the Cap ceiling.
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