Kessel controversy a reminder why Bruins didn’t ante up

Winning in the NHL is tough enough when a club is just dealing with injuries, inconsistent play and a difficult trade market. The last thing a team needs is an unproductive, over-priced, whiny headache. Whether you’re accepting of the fact that players can now cash in as they do with their second contracts or would like to see a slotted system based on experience dictate contracts in the next CBA, you now even clearer why Boston — under the current labor deal — wasn’t willing to break the bank without negotiation to build its team around Phil Kessel.

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