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Leafs acquire rights to Kessel

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TORONTO (AP) -The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired the rights to Phil Kessel after months of talks with the Boston Bruins, the teams said Friday.

In return for the rights to negotiate with the restricted free agent, Toronto sent a first and second-round pick in the 2010 draft to Boston, along with another first-round pick in 2011.

Kessel scored 36 goals and added 24 assists in 70 games with Boston last season.

The 21-year-old forward, who's entry-level deal expired after last season, failed to negotiate a contract extension with Boston in the offseason.

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