Kessel-to-Maple Leafs trade rumor now dead

June, 26, 2009
06/26/09
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MONTREAL -- A quick update on a trade rumor that got us going earlier this morning.

A source told us just minutes before the start of tonight's draft that a trade involving Toronto's Tomas Kaberle and Boston's Phil Kessel is now dead.

The deal would have sent Kessel to Toronto for the veteran defenseman and the Maple Leafs' No. 7 overall pick.

• Also a half hour before the draft, it was interesting to see Sharks GM Doug Wilson and a Maple Leafs assistant GM in deep converstion. Talk about two teams trying hard to make a deal this week. Wilson told ESPN.com earlier this evening he's "taking a lot of calls."

Pierre LeBrun

ESPN Senior Writer
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