Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli sat down for an interview with NESN's Kathryn Tappen this week. When asked about Phil Kessel's future in Boston, Chiarelli said that the speedy winger would be back in Boston next season, but no deal has been reached yet.
"Yes, yes he will [be back]," Chiarelli said. "I don’t like to talk about negotiations, but he’s a player of impact. [He has] the speed, and he’s still a young player.
"I can’t dismiss me talking about players to trade because that’s my job. It’s unfortunate that [trade rumors] leak out but Phil’s a good person — a very good person and a very good player — and we fully intend to keep him."
Now, only a few questions remain:
Who will get traded to make cap space for Kessel's contract?
How much is Kessel's potential deal worth?
Does this mean that they are not going to re-sign Matt Hunwick?