Per Elliotte Friedman’s 31 thoughts, Phil Kessel trade rumors are back en vogue.
According to multiple sources, Pittsburgh “tested the market” on Phil Kessel. This one is tricky, because the Penguins appear to have decided to hold off on anything involving him for the time being, but that doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t be revisited. Three weeks ago, the Penguins were last in the Eastern Conference. Tuesday’s win over Colorado put them within two points of the playoffs, and who is betting against them? GM Jim Rutherford’s been searching Wholesale jerseys
for ways to upgrade the roster. He’s made two moves — Carl Hagelin to Los Angeles for Tanner Pearson, Daniel Sprong to Anaheim for Marcus Pettersson — but is eyeing more. The Penguins don’t have a ton to trade without seriously altering the team. Kessel has some control of the process with partial no-trade protection. Toronto still pays $1.2 million of his $8-million salary. The winger has 10 goals and 29 points in 26 games, so the production is still there. We’ll see where it goes.
The one thing everyone always seems to forget about Phil (from CapFriendly):
Kessel can only be traded to 8 teams without his permission. The last time he got traded in the summer of 2015, he was openly obstructing Toronto’s efforts to deal him by putting teams like Pittsburgh on his list, who his agent thought wouldn’t have the salary space to acquire an $8.0 million player. Kessel also made it clear he would not waive his clause to be traded to a team not on his list.