I have read some reports that the Bruins are looking for a top 4 defenseman.
We know the Penguins are looking for a goal scoring winger.
It seems to me that the Pens have what the Bruins want and the Bruins have what the Pens want.
Would the Bruins be open to a Whitney for Kessel deal?
Whitney would get to play professional hockey in his hometown...that would have to be a childhood dream come true.
The Pens would get a young talented forward who this year (prior to being diagnosed with Mono) has elevated his game to another level. After watching Kessel play a few times, it's obvious to me that this guy belongs on Crosby's wing...he's deifnitely not afraid to shoot the puck. They seem to have similar playing styles and it appears that they could work well together.
I know it would be more complicated than that...Whitney is making about $4M per year and Kessel is making a lot less and is in a contract year...but it seems that if the Bruins like Whitney (just a guess) and they are willing to move Kessel, then this could work out well for both sides.
Assuming the Pens could sign Kessel for about the same money that Whitney is currently being paid (probably end up being a little more than that) , then the affect on the cap is negligible to the Pens.
The bigger issue is the affect on the cap in Boston...and that, in the end, would probably be the thing that would prevent something like this from happening.
What are your thoughts on such a trade?