Forward Phil Kessel in a Vegas Golden Knights uniform
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Insider Pierre Lebrun Drops A Bombshell On Phil Kessel's Return

Published January 31, 2024 at 2:20 PM
Veteran winger Phil Kessel is still without a contract. In November, there were reports suggesting that Kessel might consider playing some games in the Swiss league. However, hope remains alive that he could sign with an NHL team.

Insider Pierre Lebrun Provides Update On Phil Kessel's Return

Pierre LeBrun shared on TSN's Insider Trading that some NHL teams are in contact with the free agent.

LeBrun on Insider Trading says Phil Kessel has not given up hope and would like to play in the NHL this season. His camp is still in contact with a couple of teams.

Drawing parallels with Zach Parise's return to the league with the Colorado Avalanche and Corey Perry's second chance with the Edmonton Oilers, there's optimism that Kessel might find a team willing to work something out.

Here is what insider Pierre Lebrun had to say about Phil Kessel's situation:

"He still absolutely hopes to catch on with an NHL team. His camp is still in contact with a couple of teams." Considering Kessel hasn't played since last year, there's speculation that a team might invite him to skate with them for a bit to assess his current form.

Kessel, who played all 82 games with the Golden Knights last season, contributed 14 goals and 22 assists. Although he only played four playoff games, the Knights secured their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, marking Kessel's third championship in his career. The hope is that there's one more successful run left in him.

Drafted fifth overall by the Boston Bruins in 2006, Kessel has had stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Arizona Coyotes, and the Golden Knights, amassing 413 goals and 579 assists over 1,286 games. With time still on the clock, there's anticipation that Phil "The Thrill" Kessel will secure a contract soon.

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Insider Pierre Lebrun Drops A Bombshell On Phil Kessel's Return

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