The Top Candidates To Land Phil Kessel Revealed

Published October 1, 2023 at 10:26 PM
BY JAMES CONNELLY
     
Phil Kessel has not signed a contract with just over a week till the NHL season begins but the top teams to land him have now been revealed.

Kessel's Willingness To Lose His Ironman



Phil Kessel is known as the NHL's Ironman playing over 1,000 consecutive games but he is willing to sacrifice this streak to continue his NHL career.

Kessel has made it clear that he wants to get a guaranteed contract, not just a PTO when he does sign and there are some teams willing to give him what he wants.


The Top Two Kessel Locations



In a recent article by NHL Trade Rumors, they revealed the spots that make the most sense for Kessel: St. Louis and Calgary.


Calgary makes sense for mainly one reason which is that they just lost Jakob Pelletier long term after a nasty shoulder injury.

Here is the hit Jakob Pelletier took. Hope he is ok!


With Pelletier out, the Flames are in need of some secondary scoring and Kessel could provide that for them.

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The Blues also make sense for Kessel considering their lack of secondary scoring. The majority of their offense runs through their top few lines and if they want to see their bottom six get a bit more productive, Kessel could be the perfect catalyst.

Kessel would also provide the perfect mentor role to forward Jake Neighbours who has not broken out at the NHL level but could certainly make a big step next year. If Kessel can teach him those NHL ropes a bit more, he could become invaluable to the Blues organization.

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