September 3, 2009 | 10:07am ET
Bruins appear set on trading Kessel

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Phil Kessel's tenure with the Bruins seems to be coming to an abrupt end, as the two sides haven't expanding negotiations since June, reports the Boston Globe.

Kessel, a restricted free agent, hasn't received a contract offer since he rejected one made prior to the NHL Entry Draft in late June, his agent Wade Arnott told the paper.

The Bruins almost traded Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs on draft day in a deal for Tomas Kaberle, but miscommunication between the two teams kept the trade from happening.

Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli refused to discuss the possibility of a trade.

"I don't comment on contract negotiations," he told the Globe. "But we really would like to get Phil in the mix. You don't come across players like this very often. It's hard to come by players with this skill. We believe there's still a lot of growth to his game."

A number of teams are believed to be interested in Kessel, including the New York Rangers and San Jose Sharks.

Kessel had left shoulder surgery in May and won't be ready for action until late November or early December. According to the Globe, this gives the Bruins plenty of time before making a decision.

Files from: Boston Globe

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