SportsCrosby on Kessel trade rumors: 'There's always going to be talk'

17:06  07 december  2018
17:06  07 december  2018 Source:   thescore.com

Report: Penguins 'tested the market' for Kessel trade

Report: Penguins 'tested the market' for Kessel trade Phil Kessel can't seem to escape the rumor mill. According to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, the Pittsburgh Penguins "tested the market" on a possible trade involving the high scoring winger. While a deal never came to fruition, the Penguins have been active in the trade market in recent weeks, parting with Carl Hagelin and Daniel Sprong while bringing in Tanner Pearson and Marcus Pettersson. Prior to the deals, general manager Jim Rutherford floated the possibility of a roster shakeup if there wasn't improvement on the ice. The Penguins currently sit two points back of a playoff position in the Metropolitan Division.

Sullivan acknowledged Crosby and Kessel have no chemistry together. Cook goes on to talk about how Rick Tocchet was quite close to Kessel , and how important he was to Kessel ’s And, to be fair, there ’ s a decent argument in here. If Kessel struggles, it’ll be worth asking him if he misses Tocchet.

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Phil Kessel's name made headlines this week because the Pittsburgh Penguinsreportedly tested the trade market for the winger, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on Wednesday.

Captain Sidney Crosby addressed those rumors following the Penguins' 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

“There’s always going to be talk,” Crosby told The Athletic's Josh Yohe. “And there’s always going to be some things said outside of this room, the kind of stuff that we don’t really have any control over. All I know is, we appreciate all the things he brings to this team.”

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Suppose the trade rumors are true and Pittsburgh is going to move Phil Kessel . Here’s the rationale: Sidney Crosby turns 31 this summer, Evgeni Malkin 32. Nope, there ’ s no chance in hell there ’ s going to be a reunion with one of his old teams.

There ’ s no supply for Kessel for 75% of the league, so the demand of the teams that could have him isn’t there, there ’ s no one else to bid on. And it should be a message to the rest of the team that pretty much any one of them could be the next one to be traded if the Pens don’t start winning a lot

Kessel's name has surfaced in trade talks before. Last offseason, he was reportedly open to playing for the Arizona Coyotes, a team that former Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet leads behind the bench. There was also a reported rift this summer between Kessel and Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan.

Last month, Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford spoke candidly about possibly shaking up the roster if the team didn't improve. He made a couple deals, shipping out Carl Hagelin and Daniel Sprong in exchange for Tanner Pearson and Marcus Pettersson in two separate trades. Pittsburgh is now third in the Metro Division.

Kessel is on pace for a career-high 100 points after recording a personal-best 92 last season. His value to the Penguins is clear, and especially to Crosby, who skated on a line with Kessel during the club's win on Thursday. The two have rarely played together at 5-on-5, but they combined for seven points against the Isles.

“We definitely appreciate all the things he can do for us,” Crosby said. “Look at what he does, look at how much he produces, how dangerous he can be every night.”

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