Phil Kessel
RW ARI
3 weeks ago

Kessel, Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round pick were acquired by the Coyotes from the Penguins for Alex Galchenyuk and Pierre-Olivier Joseph, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Kessel appeared to be off the trade block after nixing a trade to Minnesota earlier in June, but Pittsburgh was able to reach another deal around his limited no-trade clause. The 31-year-old had 303 points in 328 games for the Penguins and added 56 points in 65 playoff games, which included a pair of Stanley Cup championships. Kessel has been a stalwart since 2010, having missed games in only one of the last nine seasons.

Phil Kessel
RW ARI
1 month ago

Kessel appears to be off the trade block after nixing a trade to Minnesota, Josh Yohe of The Athletic reports. According to general manager Jim Rutherford, "I expect Kessel will probably play for Pittsburgh next season"

EDGE Analysis

Rutherford went on to say, "First of all, he's a good player. He's been a good player for us. It's not as if we have to trade him." Good might be a bit of an understatement regarding a player who has racked up 303 points in 328 games for the Penguins, along with another 20 goals and 36 assists in 65 postseason contests that includes two Stanley Cup championships. The problem for the club is Kessel's limited no-trade clause that allows him to name eight teams he could be traded to, which is what the winger used to block the move to Minnesota. With the 31-year-old still in the squad, Pittsburgh's No. 1 power play should continue to pose problems for the rest of the league and he remains capable of hitting the 80-point mark and beyond.

Phil Kessel
RW ARI
2 months ago

According to Pierre LeBrun of TSN, it's a matter matter of "when" not "if" Kessel will be traded by the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

According to LeBrun, Minnesota has emerged as a frontrunner to land Kessel early on, but the American winger would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for that deal to come to fruition. It was clear that the Penguins would likely be looking to shake up their roster after being swept by the Islanders in the first round of the playoffs this year, but it's still a little surprising to see them so eager to move a player that just racked up 27 goals and 82 points in 82 contests.

Phil Kessel
RW ARI
3 months ago

Kessel may have played his last game with the Penguins, reports Rob Rossi of The Athletic.

EDGE Analysis

Changes need to be made in Pittsburgh and Sid the Kid and Evgeni Malkin are likely the only untouchables. Matt Murray and Jake Guentzel might be, too. Kessel won two Cups with the flightless birds, scoring 18 goals and 45 points in 49 games those two years. But the last two playoff years, he has managed just 11 points in 15 games. And just two of those were goals. Kessel's contract allows him to submit a list of eight teams where he could be traded. At $8 million a year and 31 years of age, Kessel could be hard to move. But Arizona could be an option because of the Rick Tocchet connection. He's durable and has notched 110 goals and 303 points in 328 regular-season games with the Pens. This offseason should be very interesting.

Phil Kessel
RW ARI
3 months ago

Kessel scored a goal at even strength and added a power-play assist during Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Islanders in Game 1 of their first-round series.

EDGE Analysis

He opened the scoring for the Pens early in the first period, then set up Evgeni Malkin in the second to tie the score at 2-2. Kessel has thrived in the postseason spotlight in his career, racking up 33 goals and 77 points in 84 games, and the 31-year-old is off to another quick start in this series.

Phil Kessel
RW ARI
3 months ago

Kessel scored two goals and added an assist Thursday in a 4-1 win over the Red Wings.

EDGE Analysis

One of the goals came at even strength; the rest of the points were on the power play. Kessel has 82 points in 81 games. Last season's 92 points were an outlier. This season's 82 points align with Kessel's best prior to last year. He should be a solid playoff performer for those in postseason pools.

Phil Kessel
RW ARI
3 months ago

Kessel scored the Penguins' only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Red Wings on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Before Tuesday, Kessel had not scored a goal at even strength since Jan. 30. In the last 29 games prior to Tuesday, he had only three goals and all of them came on the power play. It's been a disappointing season for Kessel in the goal and plus-minus categories, but because of 54 assists, Kessel is still only a point shy of posting back-to-back 80-point campaigns for the first time in his career. He has 25 goals and 79 points in 80 games this season.

Phil Kessel
RW ARI
4 months ago

Kessel notched two assists, one on the power play, in Monday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran winger has been on a roll since late February, piling up three goals and 15 points in the last 16 games. Kessel now needs three points in the Pens' last five games to record his second straight campaign with 80 or more points, and the fourth of his career.

Phil Kessel
RW ARI
4 months ago

Kessel notched a pair of assists versus Dallas on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Kessel is stuck in another goal drought, as he has gone five games without finding the back of the net, though he has registered a trio of helpers over that stretch. With Evgeni Malkin (upper body) out of the lineup, the Madison, Wisconsin native has seen his linemates shuffled around, which likely isn't helping him get back on track.

Phil Kessel
RW ARI
4 months ago

Kessel grabbed a helper and fired six shots on goal in Sunday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Flyers.

EDGE Analysis

Kessel has three goals and six assists in 10 games in March, with seven of the nine points coming with the man advantage. He's on a point-per-game pace this season, with 24 goals and 49 assists in 73 games, as well as 192 shots, but his minus-19 rating has put a slight drag on his fantasy value. Still, the winger is almost always a threat to produce points.