So it seems it's a deal that really doesn't work for either team.
Boston is quite happy with their current 30-40 goal scoring 21 year old, and Atlanta is more then content to take a chance at acquiring a top end talent come draft day.
I think the sticking point more than age is year's left until UFA eligibility. The Thrashers would have Kessel for 4 years, or the 3rd overall pick for 7. Also, the Flames would have the advantage of the ELS "cheap" years on whoever goes at 3 compared to Kessel who will likely be making $5M per year.
Really? Because look at last year's top 5 picks. That unknown prospect is going to cost you 3-5 million a year on his first contract.
Only if they actually manage to meet all of the requirements of the individual bonuses, and out of the Top 5 from last years draft, my bet is that Doughty is the only guy that is close to receiving those bonuses.
Bogosian was injured for over 2 months. He and Stamkos have been healthy scratches at points during the season. Schenn has a -12 rating. None of these guys are anywhere near receiving their entire bonus, and I think it's fair to say that there's a chance all 3 could miss out entirely on any bonus money from this season.
While Atlanta would like Kessel, we say no as well.
I think everyone is quick to say no from the B's POV but no one considers the ATL pov. I just think the deal doesn't work due to timing. Kessel is a key contributor to the B's right now so they are dealing him and the Thrahsers are kind of rebuilding again. Adding Kane or Duchene to the good young players they already have make the Thrashers fairly deep in term of young, inexpensive depth.
Little, Esposito, Bogosian, the 3rd overall pick, Pavelec is pretty decent foundation and I think the Thrashers will stay the course and try to improve the team through UFA. I think they could be serious players for Gaborik.