According to a source Phil Kessel was almost traded, along with PJ Axelsson, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Matt Stajan, a 2nd rounder and prospect Dmitri Vorobiev this summer.
The deal was nixed when Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli pulled off his offer because of the uncertainty of Vorobiev coming to the NHL. The two sides were not able to come to an agreement on the prospects.
It is a well-known fact that Julien and Kessel have had issues in the past, but it’s way too early to give up on Kessel. Kessel was even benched for a few games during last playoff vs the Habs in favor of grinder Vladimir Sobotka.
Kessel, 20, had a tough year in 2007-08, notching only 37 points in 82 games after a 29 points rookie season. Kessel is still a strong candidate to be traded this season if he gets off to a slow start.
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