Trade talks are floating up and Phil Kessel, of the Pittsburgh Penguins, has been the main target. He’s a vet at 31. He’s signed to the Pens until 2022 but he’s been asked to waive his no trade clause.
Phil is fantastic for the Penguins and I want him to stay. I think he’s got great chemistry with his teammates, he had 82 points in 82 games, averaging 18 minutes on the ice a night. He had 110 goals and 303 points in his 328 games in the Pit.
He’s been looked at by the Minnesota Wild but untimely rejected the offer to waive his clause. Minnesota has a few producing forwards that Pittsburgh were potentially looking at, Jason Zucker was rumored to be in the trade.
Jeremy Roenick was on 550AM Buffalo radio and hinted that Kessel wanted to go to “a team in the southwest United States that didn’t make the playoffs”. Roenick is most likely referring to the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes can use a tough, productive player like Kessel. This season they lost a good amount of men to injury but somehow pushed through and nearly made playoffs. With Kessel and a healthy lineup, the Yotes would be deadly. They’ve got a great mix of young talent and older experience that creates the perfect storm for winning.
Nothing is for certain yet but it appears that Phil may be in a different sweater come next season.
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