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RUMOR: Canadian Team Lands Phil Kessel to Save His NHL Career

Published February 10, 2024 at 12:44
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Phil Kessel, an NHL veteran, is nearing a potential return to the ice amid ongoing speculation about his next move.

Despite his lengthy career, the 35-year-old remains a free agent deep into the current NHL season.

Throughout the season, rumors have linked Kessel to various teams, but nothing concrete has emerged.

However, Canucks insider Rick Dhaliwal has revealed the Vancouver Canucks' genuine interest in adding the dynamic winger to their roster.


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The Canucks are discussing Kessel and staying in touch with his agent,"

This potential move aligns with Kessel's connections to key figures within the Canucks organization.

Notably, Canucks President of Hockey Operations Jim Rutherford orchestrated the trade that brought Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2015, resulting in consecutive Stanley Cup victories.

"Kessel doesn't cost you anything," said Dhaliwal. "It's a gamble yes, but there are not assets to be given up and it will be a cheap price."

Additionally, Canucks head coach Rick Tocchet shares a strong bond with Kessel, having previously worked together during their successful tenure with the Penguins.

Despite minimal risk associated with signing Kessel, concerns persist about his conditioning after an extended break from competitive play.

"The big issue? Conditioning," admitted Dhaliwal. "He has not played in 8 months and he played only 4 playoff games for Vegas last year when they won the Stanley Cup, that will be Kessel's biggest issue. Are you in shape?"

Nonetheless, a decision regarding Kessel's future appears imminent, with the Canucks actively exploring the possibility of adding him to their roster.
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