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Chiarelli: Not trading Kessel

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  February 23, 2008 12:34 PM

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TAMPA -- Although he's still hunting for a top-six forward prior to Tuesday's 3 p.m. deadline, GM Peter Chiarelli said Phil Kessel would not be part of any package.

"I really don't entertain trading him," said Chiarelli. "You've got to be patient with these players."

With the asking price for Marian Hossa being a young NHLer, a prospect, and a first-round pick, Kessel could be the first component of a trade for the Atlanta winger. However, Chiarelli made it sound like he'll hold on to the 20-year-old, although he acknowledged he has listened to offers for every player on his roster, including Kessel.

Chiarelli denied a Toronto Sun report that had Kessel going to Philadelphia for forward Jeff Carter.

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