It is the total of thew contract that Kessel signs, and keeps Boston from matching. I'm not sure Kessel will sign for 4-4-4-5-5, and if he did, Boston would surely match. The offer has to be beyond what Boston is willing to match, and the lower the contract, and the lower the compensation, the more likely Boston is to match.
Maybe not... the calculation that the Boston management have to make is essentially the following. (Note that the particular names are hypothetical to make a point.
Is Kessel worth the money paid in salary plus the player or players dumped to make room for him under the cap, probably for very little in return?
A 1st, 2nd and 3rd rounder plus, in effect, retaining Michael Ryder or Chuck Kobasew, might look like a better option to them.
Or Ian White and picks plus keeping Ryder or Kobasew might look better than retaining Kessel.
And, of course, the thing we don't know squat about is whether there are potential packages out there for Kessel from other teams.
We don't know at present what Boston will think about those possibilities.
Something to ponder, wasn't Raycroft also a "proven" starter, and Calder winner? I know comparing goalies to forwards is apples and oranges, but things change.
Also, there are some things to worry about with reports of Kessel's possible attitude (character?) history of injuries, and the possiblity that he relied on Savard or may need a good playmaking centre to help him score at the rate he just did.
Just throwing out things to ponder.
Razor was coming off two bad years. Basically he had the Calder under his belt and then tumbled. No basis for assuming he would just shake it off and be a star. Lots of goalies don't even need injuries to just lose it one day. You need to let them prove they are back before you believe it.
Tough to say about Savard because he gets tons of points but he hasn't manufactured any snipers himself in the past. He gets points kind of using whoever is on the ice. Also he isn't much of a goal scorer so Kessel's assist total might actually go up playing with someone who doesn't always pass first.
Kessel was drafted as a center and if he can still win a faceoff I hope they move him back there. The club has a bigger need up the middle and I know when he came into the league PK said center was where he was most comfortable. I think he would do well between Poni and Blake. Poni is a decent playmaker and Blake generates a lot of rebounds.
My post was in response to a question about compensation. The other possibilities are true, but not relevant to the question.
Nope... my point is fully relevant. Your statement was about what "keeps Boston from matching' or a similar phrase. You stated it was the "compensation" to Kessel. That is not the whole picture. What would potentially keep Boston from matching is both the compensation to Kessel and what it would cost Boston in addition to fit that compensation under the cap. That additional cost is at least one other player. You simply cannot discuss this situation without taking that into account.
I don't see anywhere that is says Kessel wants out of Boston. Only that he's not negotiating with them anymore.
Two different things.
Wanting out of Boston means he doesn't want to play there any more. Halting negotiations just means they aren't offering him the contract he wants.
Indeed. In fact, he probably wouldn't mind staying in Boston at all.... him saying that he'll accept an offer sheet doesn't preclude Boston from matching it. In such a case he would probably get his desired salary, and remain playing in Boston.
In essence, all he's said is that his contract demands are more important, at this point, than if he plays for Boston or Toronto/New York/Nashville/whoever.