Phil practicing with the Abbotsford Canucks

Chicago Blackhawks to save three-time Stanley Cup Champions NHL career?

Published March 9, 2024 at 9:51

It had been hoped Phil Kessel would be able to land a spot on the Vancouver Canucks roster. His practice with the Abbotsford Canucks in the AHL was part of his preparation to help the Canucks on their latest run at the Stanley Cup.

For Kessel to become a Canuck, the deadline for signing with the team has passed, as of 3 PM today.


Since he hasn't signed with the Canucks, he won't be eligible to play in the playoffs in 2023-2024.

After winning two Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh and landing in Vegas, where he won his last Stanley Cup ring, Kessel will not participate in the NHL playoffs this season.

Unfortunately, he won't be joining the team in the NHL, or lending his expertise for a deep playoff run.

Consequently, he will be sitting at home.

However, if Kyle Davidson were to offer Kessel a contract, the Blackhawks would have an option for another depth forward and another affordable signing.

No doubt Kessel would take a discount and give up his iron-man streak if he could play again in the NHL, and Davidson should take advantage of his passion.

Undoubtedly, despite not being perceived as a threat on the ice by many, he could be an effective addition next season as well.

His $1.5 million contract with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2022-2023 was a discount.

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