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Burke, Chiarelli remain mum on Kessel

Posted by Kevin Paul Dupont, Globe Staff  September 6, 2009 08:12 PM

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KITCHNER, Ont. -- Toronto GM Brian Burke and Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, both of whom will be in attendance here at rookie camp on Monday, reported no developments on the Phil Kessel front.

Burke made a deal on Saturday to reacquire a second-round draft pick, triggering alarms that he might be readying an offer sheet for Kessel, a restricted free agent.

''Nothing...yet,'' Chiarelli wrote via email when asked if there were any news pertaining to the 21-year-old Kessel.

If Burke were to sign Kessel to an offer sheet, likely at $4.5 million or better per year, the Bruins could match the offer or opt for a compensation package of first-, second- and third-round draft picks. It's far more likely that Chiarelli will try to deal Kessel to a club out of the division for a package that includes at least one roster player.

The offer to Kessel would have to be more than $6 million a year for the Bruins to receive the next level of compensation, including two first-rounders as well as one second and one third.

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Lane MacDermid, Boston's third pick (112th overall) in the June draft, was unable to skate in the workout and might not be able to particiapte in this camp. He sustained a high-ankle (left) sprain while working out recently with his junior club (Windsor). '

'I'm discouraged a little bit,'' said the 6-foot-3 winger, whose father Paul played for the Hartford Whalers. ''But it's important that I'm completely ready when I get back.''

The bus ride here from Boston on Saturday, including a dinner stop in Amherst, N.Y., took 12 hours, the rookies arriving at their hotel around 10:30 p.m. They'll depart here at about 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, again by bus, and drive straight through to Boston.

Friday is a day off for the rooks and they'll have the option to skip Saturday's voluntary workout, too, before reporting to full duty on Sunday when the varsity reports on Causeway Street.

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