August 2, 2009 | 10:57am ET
Bruins dangling Kessel as trade bait

The Boston Bruins are no closer to signing restricted free agent Phil Kessel as they were a month ago, and GM Peter Chiarelli appears to be weighing his trade options.

Kessel, 21, is believed to be looking for a large contract worth around $5 million, while the Bruins are hoping he signs for closer to what David Krejci received ($3.75 million per year).

Sources tell TFP contract negotiations between Chiarelli and Kessel's agent, Wade Arnott, have been minimal to date.

According to the New York Post, the Bruins are still looking to deal Kessel.

Citing an unnamed source believed to be close to the situation, the Post claims the Bruins are talking with "two West Coast" teams about Kessel.

The Bruins are supposedly asking for a young NHL-proven player, a prospect and a first-round draft pick in exchange for the native of Madison, Wisconsin.

Files from: New York Post

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