Published: Sun, June 30, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Penguins send Phil Kessel packing to Coyotes in multi-player deal

Penguins send Phil Kessel packing to Coyotes in multi-player deal

He also struggled defensively, finishing the season as a minus-19 and with a 39 percent goal share at 5-on-5, second-worst among Arizona forwards with more than 20 games played.

"Phil Kessel is a proven victor, an elite goal scorer and one of the most productive point producers in the National Hockey League for a sustained period of time", Arizona general manager John Chayka.

The 31-year-old has three years remaining on the eight-year, $64 million deal he signed with the Maple Leafs in 2014 and the Penguins believe that money could be better used elsewhere.

He joins a Coyotes team that missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. "We couldn't have done it without him, and for that, we are grateful", Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said.

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He was a part of two Stanley Cup winning teams with the Penguins, but they underachieved last season and Rutherford wants to make some serious changes to the roster. "Jim came to me one time and said ... They're great guys and a great group". Kessel didn't agree with that statement.

"I'm not sure that's exactly what happened". "Phil has been one of the best offensive producers in the league for a long time and we think he's going to come in motivated and ready to go". This past season with Pittsburgh, he played in all 82 games and had 27 goals and 55 assists for 82 points, was a -19, with 28 penalty minutes, 36 power play points, 10 game winning goals, 215 shots on goal, four faceoff wins, 18 blocked shots, 12 hits, 33 takeaways and 78 giveaways.

And hey, I promise I'll delve deeply into why I appreciate this move in a bit.

The trade for Kessel, though, is a surefire way to land an impact player and the Coyotes are very happy to get this deal done. But I'm not here to tell what really happened and the real truth. "I'll never be a Penguin again, '" Kessel said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Jonathan Bombulie. Together, they helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017. "We couldn't have done it without him". He has played in 774 consecutive games, the third-longest active streak in the National Hockey League. He was the Coyotes first round pick, 23rd overall, in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

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