can’t seem to escape the rumor mill.
According to, the “tested the market” on a possible trade involving the high-scoring winger.
While a deal never came to fruition, the Penguins have been active in the trade market in recent weeks, parting withand while bringing in and .
Prior to the deals, general manager Jim Rutherfordof a roster shakeup if there wasn’t improvement on the ice. The Penguins currently sit two points back of a playoff position in the Metropolitan Division.
As for Kessel, it’s not the first time his name has surfaced in trade talks. Last offseason, aindicated that the 31-year-old was open to a move to the . Arizona, of course, is coached by Rick Tocchet, who was an assistant in Pittsburgh during the team’s Stanley Cup wins in 2016 and 2017.
Kessel is owed $8 million for three more seasons, but $1.2 million of his salary is retained by the. His contract also allows him to grant a trade to just eight teams of his choosing.
Across part of four seasons with the Penguins, Kessel has picked up 93 goals and 157 assists in 272 games.
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