Penguins acquire Kessel in Blockbuster Trade

By Bobby Bauders

Pittsburgh gets:
Phil Kessel – Winger
Tim Erixon – Defenseman
Tyler Biggs – Forward
2016 2nd Round Draft Pick – Pittsburgh

Toronto gets:
Scott Harrington – Defenseman
Kasperi Kapanen – Forward
Nick Spaling – Forward
2016 1st Round Draft Pick – Pittsburgh
2016 3rd Round Draft Pick – Pittsburgh

Wow. Talk about train robbery. Honestly, Pittsburgh stole Phil Kessel. Harrington, Kapenen, third round pick, and a first round pick pretty much cover Kessel. But to throw back to Pittsburgh 2 former first rounders and a second round pick?

Toronto’s future looks brighter though. They’ve got Kapanen who will be a great winger, and Harrington who will be top 6 in a couple years. Also, the draft picks they got will help their future. Not to mention they got great work ethic in Nick Spaling.

Erixon could be pretty good and Biggs just didn’t develop will in Toronto. The Pens are hoping to change that. Phil Kessel is going to do amazing in Pittsburgh. No matter what line he plays on, Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. You need to remember, Kessel was an All-Star on a less than average team with. All he had at center was Tyler Bozak. Well that’ll change. Plus, he hasn’t missed a game in 6 years. That’s great for a team like the Pens who has had trouble with injuries in recent years.

I think the media unfairly attacked Kessel in the past. He’s a great player and will do great in Pittsburgh. If the Pens can stay healthy, they are serious Cup contenders again, and will be lethal. Plus they just got a top 6 Russian Winger in Sergei Plotnikov to play with Malkin. Watch Eastern Conference teams, the Penguins are back, and better than ever.


Is Kessel getting ready to Betray Ontario?

By Bobby Bauders


Phil Kessel is leaving Toronto. That’s a given. Rather it’s during the draft, during the offseason, in December, or at the deadline. He will not be a of the Toronto Maple Leafs by the next time a new Stanley Cup Champion is crowned. The question still stands: Where does he go? The Montreal Canadiens would be an interesting, and surprisingly effective destination.


Montreal gets:

Phil Kessel – Winger

2016 3rd Round Draft Pick – Toronto


Toronto gets:

David Desharnais – Center

2015 1st Round Draft Pick – Montreal

2015 6th Round Draft Pick – Montreal

2016 2nd Round Draft Pick – Montreal


This seems like a crazy blockbuster trade. It is. It works for both sides though. Montreal gets a another scorer to its offense. Toronto gets draft picks to rebuild. The Habs also get to dump salary in Desharnais. This trade makes a lot of sense to me, which is why I give it a 80% chance of both sides accepting it.

Phil Kessel: Savior of Desert Hockey?

By Bobby Bauders


First off, no. This trade is not going to happen. Kessel will not accept a trade to Arizona given the drama with the Glendale City Council. Under better circumstances, this trade could happen. As of now, no. I’ve read rumors that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Arizona Coyotes have already discussed a Kessel trade, but was decline because Kessel would not accept a trade to the Yotes.


Arizona gets:

Phil Kessel – Winger

Tyler Bozak – Center

2015 3rd/4th Round Draft Pick – Toronto


Toronto gets:

Mark Arcobello – Center

2015 3rd Overall – Arizona

2016 1st Round Draft Pick – New York Rangers


Again, this trade has about a 5% chance of happening. I thought I’d post it anyway just to see what you guys thought. If Kessel didn’t have his NTC, it’d be around a 60%-70% chance of happening.

Will the Steel City become Kessel City?

By Bobby Bauders


Obviously the Pittsburgh Penguins would call the Toronto Maple Leafs to ask about Phil Kessel. They’re in need of a top 6 winger, and he’s definitely top 6. Pittsburgh’s hesitation is probably Kessel’s contract and trade terms. The Leafs have apparently told the Pens they want a young D-man (example: Harrington, Pouliot, Maatta). I can tell you right now there’s now way the Pens trade Maatta. For the right price, Pouliot could find himself in a Leafs jersey.


Pittsburgh gets:

Phil Kessel – Winger

2015 2nd Round Draft Pick – Toronto


Toronto gets:

Chris Kunitz – Winger

Derrick Pouliot – Defenseman

Beau Bennett – Winger

Rob Scuderi – Defenseman

2016 5th Round Draft Pick – Pittsburgh


I give this trade a 55% chance of happening. Most likely it would happen tomorrow at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Leafs may ask for Brandon Sutter instead of Kunitz. If that’s the case, Pittsburgh will ask for a 4th round draft pick this year. Scuderi will have to waive his NTC, but he may do that for the opportunity to play for Mike Babcock. Sometimes a change in scenery is what a player needs. Also, in Toronto and Boston, Kessel wasn’t playing alongside Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin. Imagine the points he puts up with other true superstars.

Minny could be in on Kessel

By Bobby Bauders


The Toronto Maple Leafs want Phil Kessel gone. Kessel wants to be gone. Could Minnesota suit both their desires? Maybe. Probably not. But maybe. Toronto wants a goalie. Minnesota now has an overly-confident goalie in Devan Dubnyk, who’s trade value has no doubt sky rocketed.


Minnesota gets:

Phil Kessel – Winger

2015 3rd Round Draft Pick – Toronto


Toronto gets:

Devan Dubnyk – Goalie

Jason Pominville – Winger

2015 4th Round Draft Pick – Minnesota


The Leafs want younger players, and I think they’d settle with Pominville. He’s a great scorer. Just imagine what he’d do under Mike Babcock.


Overall, I think this trade has a 20% chance of happening. The Wild really don’t want to give up Devan Dubnyk, who’s proven himself to be worth more than the 3rd round pick Minnesota acquired him for.

Kessel could put the Phil in Philly

By Bobby Bauders


Phil Kessel released the list of teams he’d accept a trade to. That list can always change, but it doesn’t seem like it will.


The list:




New York Rangers



Los Angeles



Obviously, not all of these teams will trade for Kessel. Teams like Chicago are desperately trying to dump salary to stay competitive.


Philly may be able to afford Kessel. I thought about what the Toronto Maple Leafs’ needs are. It’s usually goal tending. Plus Toronto is entering a rebuild. They want draft picks. The Philadelphia Flyers aren’t exactly full of goalies, young, but they do have draft picks. The questions is, are they willing to give up those draft picks? Personally, I don’t think so. I see any Kessel trade to Philly a long shot, but not impossible. Kessel’s hit is $7million, and cap space is something the Flyers don’t have. Nevertheless, let’s look at this potential trade.


Philadelphia gets:

Phil Kessel – Winger

Tornto’s 2015 3rd Round Draft Pick


Toronto gets:

Wayne Simmonds – Winger

Ray Emery – Goalie

Philadelphia’s 2015 2nd Round Draft Pick

Kessel Drama Series

Starting tomorrow, we will be posting two possible destination for Kessel everyday. We’ll be highlighting 5 teams. Should a Kessel trade happen before we finish the series, we’ll still post them all. Can’t wait for you to see them!