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Arizona Coyotes in Talks to Trade Star Forward Phil Kessel

Published May 10, 2021 at 6:36 PM
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Phil Kessel, a forward in the National Hockey League, has been a bit of an enigma throughout his career, and despite the fact that there's no denying his ability, he's never been able to find a long-term home regardless of where he's played.

The Arizona Coyotes fired head coach Rick Tocchet on Sunday, a man who many dubbed "the Kessel whisperer" because of his time as an assistant coach with the Pittsburgh Penguins while Kessel was also a member of that team, and now many are wondering what the future holds for the polarising NHL sniper.

"They are going to see if anyone wants to go for that," said Friedman on his 31 Thoughts podcast.

Although Kessel was a very productive forward for them this season putting up 20 goals and 23 assists for a total of 43 points over just 56 games played this season, Friedman cited the Coyotes desperate need for draft picks and prospects as motivation for why this trade could happen.


"Arizona needs pick and prospects right?" asked Friedman. "I wonder if that's what they do."

With Tocchet no longer in Arizona it may very well be that Kessel himself would welcome such a move, although where he may end up as a result of such a trade remains to be seen.
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