Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/17/06 at 07:45 AM ET
According to a league source, University of Minnesota forward Phil Kessel has decided to forego the final three years of his college eligibility and sign a three-year contract with the Boston Bruins. The club likely will make the formal announcement on Thursday. Kessel will earn the entry-level max $850,000 in annual salary for the duration of the contract. He'll also be eligible for significant performance-based bonuses. For example, rookie stars Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby earned approximately $3 million in bonuses during the 2005-06 season.added 7:07am, from the Boston Globe, Yesterday, Phil Kessel's college coach cautioned that the Bruins had not signed their first-round pick yet. But University of Minnesota coach Don Lucia sounded like a man nearly certain that Kessel, who would be a sophomore in 2006-07, will be going pro. "Who knows, it could all fall apart in the next 24 to 48 hours," said Lucia, who has informed recruit Jay Barriball, originally slated to join the Golden Gophers in 2007-08, that he could take Kessel's spot this season. "But I'd be surprised. Right now we're preparing for life after Phil. If he ends up back in college right now, I'd be very surprised."
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