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Nashville Predators working on possible trade for Phil Kessel

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After a summertime of watching the Nashville Predators stand aside from top-dollar free agents, exciting news came yesterday from John Glennon at The Tennessean that the Preds are talking trade with the Boston Bruins, exploring the possibility of acquiring young offensive phenom Phil Kessel, who led the Bruins last season with 36 goals. Quoting Glennon's piece:

[Predators GM David] Poile said he doesn't think he'd be interested in making an offer sheet for Kessel, since compensation for signing him would be a first-, second- and third-round pick in the 2010 draft.

A trade would be a different matter.

"We've talked concepts,'' Poile said of his conversations with [Bruins GM Peter] Chiarelli. "I'd be very interested to see if there might be something he would like from the Predators.''

What say you, Preds fans? What combination of picks, prospects, and/or proven NHL talent might it take to land a young forward who scored more goals last year than any Predator has ever done? Glennon mentions the NHL rights to Alexander Radulov as a possible piece of a trade, and I'm guessing that most Nashville fans would love to see that as part of the deal.

Phil Kessel

#81 / Right Wing / Boston Bruins



Oct 02, 1987

2008 - Phil Kessel 70 36 24 60 23 16 8 0 6 1 232 15.5