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RUMOR: Chicago Blackhawks Pursuing Cup Champion To Replace Corey Perry As Connor Bedard's Mentor


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Samer Dagher
December 9, 2023  (2:58)
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Phill Kessel is eager to make a comeback to the NHL this season there's no question about it but he hasn't had any luck so far. That may soon be changing with the Blackhawks looking to add some veteran leadership to their squad.

3x Cup Champion Phil Kessel Seeking A Return To The NHL

The 36-year-old winger has been adamant that he still wants to play in the NHL this season. He has stated that he doesn't mind sitting out a few games and sacrificing his league-leading ironman streak of over 1000 consecutive games played in order to facilitate a deal. Some new reports have been coming out that Phil Kessel is eagerly awaiting his next opportunity.
Phil Kessel is ready and eager to return, will a team make an offer? I chatted with the veteran winger this week. Plus, what rival coaches have to say on the surprising Canucks. My latest for ⁦@TheAthletic ⤵️

Chicago Blackhawks Looking To Add Phil Kessel For Veteran Leadership Role?

One team that is desperate for some veteran leadership is the Chicago Blackhawks after losing two key players in Taylor Hall and Corey Perry.
The 36-year-old has never really been known as a leader, but he certainly brings a level of experience and tenacity as both a three-time Stanley Cup champion and the NHL's leading ironman. Surely he would have a few tips and tricks to share with the Blackhawks young core, including Connor Bedard. Who knows, maybe he can even be an effective offensive player for the Hawks. Last season he still managed 36 points with the Golden Knights despite playing 4th line minutes.
Whether or not the team pulls the trigger on Kessel remains to be seen, but it certainly won't hurt. It would be a great fit, so what are the Blackhawks waiting for?
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RUMOR: Chicago Blackhawks Pursuing Cup Champion To Replace Corey Perry As Connor Bedard's Mentor

Would you sign Phil Kessel to be a mentor for Connor Bedard?

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