If a Penguins HAD to trade Phil Kessel, here’s what we’d wish to …

It’s satisfactory to contend that a Pittsburgh Penguins coaching staff, namely Mike Sullivan, isn’t anxious with Phil Kessel. The reports from a media all contend as much, and it creates sense. Kessel has an surprising celebrity for a world-class hockey player. That isn’t indispensably an publicity or indictment, simply a matter of fact that he is different, acts opposite and that has combined drama, tragedy and waves via his career.

And with so many bad ideas floating around, we can’t assistance though put a toe in a H2O now. If a Penguins positively had to/wanted to trade Kessel this summer, here’s some hopefully picturesque solutions to a problem.

Here’s a rationale:

  • Sidney Crosby turns 31 this summer, Evgeni Malkin 32. Kris Letang is 30. The Pens championship window substantially has about 2-4 some-more years of being serious, top-tier contenders before a core ages out. Any trade giving adult Kessel has to have an eye on a RIGHT NOW to assistance maximize a championship.
  • Kessel is on a books for $6.8 million for 4 some-more seasons.
  • Kessel is authorised to retard trades to all though 8 teams. This list isn’t now famous and could change each year. In 2015 (when Toronto traded him to Pittsburgh) the list was known: Montreal, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, NY Rangers, Boston, Chicago, LA Kings, Minnesota. These teams were picked, per Bob McKenzie, as places Kessel would play if he had to. But also places with small top room and a low possibility of indeed pulling off a trade, as good as places he didn’t consider Toronto would wish to trade him (BOS, MTL).
  • Using that same logic, we will correct this list assume/project that a stream teams Kessel could be traded to are: Montreal, Philadelphia, Toronto, NY Rangers, Boston, Chicago, LA Kings, Washington.
  • Pretty simple, same teams solely TOR replaces PIT on his list, and he gets stable from MIN by adding WSH.

What is left for a picturesque trade for Kessel this summer is…

Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins

Nope, there’s no possibility in ruin there’s going to be a reunion with one of his aged teams. In Toronto, Brendan Shanahan wanted Phil out for a reason and isn’t going to re-open that pandora’s box. Boston is capped-out already carrying 5 forwards creation $6 million+ subsequent deteriorate as it is. These usually aren’t picturesque fits, so ideal approach for Phil to make his NTC all a some-more effective by including these dual teams that wouldn’t take him behind anyways.

Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals

There’s no approach in a universe a Pens are promulgation Phil to one of their arch-rivals. The Pens and Flyers couldn’t even work together to make a trade for a let understanding in a form of Mark Streit, removing them to determine on a understanding for Kessel would be forever tougher. The Capitals are going to have to scratch adult a income top space for John Carlson, Kessel would be a oppulance they couldn’t means even if they wanted to, that they substantially don’t even have seductiveness anyways.

New York Rangers

Can substantially pile them in with a dual multiplication teams above, though with a footnote they’re “rebuilding” so Kessel creates no clarity for them during this prove of their team’s cycle. Plus, gossip has they competence get their fill of an offensive-minded capricious winger in giveaway representative Ilya Kovalchuk, giving even reduction proclivity for them to wish to supplement Kessel for a cost when they can usually pointer a identical actor for a cost of a contract.

True trade options

So now we’re left with raised usually 3 places in a whole joining that a Pens could indeed trade Kessel, exclusive an agreement from him to relinquish his NTC.

Chicago Blackhawks

It’s tough to see many indeed building here. From Pittsburgh’s perspective, Brandon Saad ($6m top hit) would be a trade that creates sense. The problem is, Chicago’s not creation that trade- it creates them older, reduction earthy and it’s obvious they covet what Saad brings to a table.

Other than that, there’s not many Chicago has that they would give adult that looks appealing. Artem Anisimov ($4.55m for 3 some-more years) and another immature forward? That doesn’t get a Pens closer to a Cup. And adding one nonplus square value $6.8 million to a income top is a comprehensive final thing a ‘Hawks should be doing right now. They need 3 good players for $2 million, not one good actor for roughly $7.

So it’s tough to see a good trade fit compare for Pittsburgh/Kessel/Chicago and we don’t have even a offer to offer up. It would be Saad though it’s unequivocally puzzled a Blackhawks would have any seductiveness whatsoever.

Los Angeles Kings


NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins during Los Angeles Kings

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LA has Rob Blake now as GM who hasn’t finished that many in a approach of outrageous moves. His one vital trade was to acquire Dion Phaneuf for Marian Gaborik, fundamentally realigning a chairs on a rug of a good boat Bad Contract.

One would consider LA would like to strew Dustin Brown ($5.8m for 4 some-more seasons) though that would be a awful talent sell for Pittsburgh.

Instead, we’ll opposite with a opposite offer. Tyler Toffoli scored 107 points in his initial dual full NHL seasons though is entrance off seasons of usually 34 and 47 points a final dual years. He’s 26 and has dual some-more years left on his agreement for $4.6m.

The Pens get a small top coherence and get a immature actor that’s a proven top-6 forward. The Kings get a some-more bomb descent actor and a boost for their middle-of-the-road energy play. No pledge they would go for this trade, though given that it’s a sincerely fresh manager during a other end, one could see them carrying seductiveness in wanting to shake adult their organisation a bit and adding a marquee descent player.

The players demeanour sincerely identical on their modernized metrics as good (click to enlarge), with Toffoli maybe a bit some-more considerable looking on a bar-chart due to improved Corsi numbers. Stll, in points and goals and primary assists Kessel good out-classes him, and those are substantially a toughest and many critical stats here.


Ideal offer: Kessel for Tyler Toffoli

Montreal Canadiens


NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins during Montreal Canadiens

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Now a vital arrogance here is Montreal remaining on Kessel’s NTC list. Perhaps a usually reason they were on it in 2015 was since of a adversary with Toronto. Perhaps he blocks this pierce now.

If not, to me this is a best place to trade Kessel if Pittsburgh was hell-bent on relocating him this summer. Because Montreal has a titillate to make a splashy trade, needs a register overhaul, has a GM with a famous tingling trigger-finger on trades and it’s famous that their capitain Max Pacioretty might be on a move.

Pacioretty has one year left on a discount of a $4.5 million top hit. He turns 30 in November, so there isn’t a outrageous age disproportion with Kessel (31 in October) for possibly team.

It’s also ideal for Pittsburgh since Pacioretty is a healthy LW and a Pens LW abyss draft (Guentzel-Hagelin-Sheary) is substantially a weakest organisation on a organisation during a impulse and a RW list (Kessel-Hornqvist-Rust-Sprong) is one of a deepest.

Pacioretty had a severe deteriorate in 2017-18 with usually 17 goals and 37 points (he had averaged 35 goals and 65 points a past 4 seasons prior) though all his modernized metrics prove he is one of a best wingers in a game, usually one in a bad conditions final year.


It still kind of sucks for a Pens, Kessel’s averaged 73 points in his 3 seasons, Pacioretty’s career HIGH is 67 so it will be a slight step-back in terms of pristine ability and playmaking ability. But Patches’ abilities sharpened a puck are really, unequivocally good and if we had to trade Phil this summer, this would be a one to try and make.

Ideal offer: Kessel for Max Pacioretty

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