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Phil Kessel Eyed by Surprising Eastern Conference Contender


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Julien Trekker
September 5, 2023  (12:40)
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Will Kessel Stay in the NHL?

Still without a contract for the upcoming season, Phil Kessel, known as the NHL's Iron Man, is contemplating his options.
At the age of 35, he acknowledges that he's lost a step compared to his prime years. As a result, he's likely to secure a one-year contract near the NHL's minimum salary.
Elliotte Friedman has reported that Kessel has informed teams "it won't be a problem if he's not an everyday player."
Nonetheless, he's keen to continue playing. Fresh off his third Stanley Cup championship, Kessel remains a valuable asset for any team in need of offensive depth.
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Potential Fit Emerges

Considering Kessel's expected salary near $1M and the fact that 20 teams have under $1.5M in projected cap space for next season, his options are fairly limited.
A recent rumour suggests that the Columbus Blue Jackets are keen to acquire Kessel.
Firstly, they have the financial resources.
Secondly, they're in dire need of offensive contributors, having finished 31st in the league last season despite having players like Patrik Laine and Johnny Gaudreau. Kessel could be an ideal addition to bolster their bottom-six.
Lastly, acquiring Kessel is a low-risk, high-reward move. A million-dollar contract for a three-time Stanley Cup winner and veteran leader is a relatively small gamble.
The payoff could be considerable, especially if Kessel makes an impactful return to the league.
As seen on Markerzone - Potential Destination for Kessel Emerges
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