Do the Bruins have enough offense without bringing back Phil Kessel? (Matthew J. Lee / Globe Staff)
In his Sunday NHL Notes, the Globe's Kevin Dupont reported that the Bruins and Phil Kessel have not made recent progress in contract talks. So, supposing the Bruins elect a scenario in which the 21-year-old winger does not return to Boston next season, do the Bruins have enough offense to endure the loss of a top-line forward?
That's a topic in one of our current Slugfests (fan debates that you can vote and comment on). User Soxfan1023 argues:
Overall, I think the B's will be fine with their team without Kessel. Let's be realistic, even though he made strides to become a better two-way player, he isn't close to becoming the type of player that (David) Krejci is defensively. With offensive firepower on their top three lines, the Bruins should be just fine without Phil Kessel. Keep some cap space clear, and lock up (Milan) Lucic and (Blake) Wheeler after this season.
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