REPORT: Phil Kessel Signing Gaining Steam

Published December 8, 2023 at 4:06 PM

Phil Kessel is one of the better known names in the NHL. The dad-looking, hot dog-loving hockey player still holds the active ironman streak despite not playing any games so far this season. The veteran winger is hoping that will change soon.

Johnston Confirms Kessel Still Wants To Play

NHL insider Chris Johnston reported today that Kessel has been staying in game shape at his Arizona home. According to Johnston, the 36-year-old is still hoping to get an offer from an NHL club at some point this season. He would have to sign before the trade deadline in order to be eligible for the playoffs, although it is unlikely that he would get consistent playing time on a playoff team in the second season.

Prominent NHL Figures Want To See Kessel Back In The League

Several prominent NHL media personalities have expressed a desire to see Kessel back in the league this season. After all, the league does not feel the same without him. Paul Bissonnette believes that the Penguins of all teams should take a look at a reunion with Phil the Thrill.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are on an 0 for 33 stretch on the PP. They are 1 for 40 in the last month. There's only one way to turn this around. Sign the man.

His argument is not that far fetched either. He certainly could be an option to potentially help get their power play going. It has consistently been one of the worst in the league despite adding Erik Karlsson in the offseason. Bissonnette is not the only one who would like to see a Kessel-Penguins reunion.

Whether or not Kessel plays in the NHL again is yet to be seen. With any luck though, everyone's favorite hot dog lover will be back in the league in no time.

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REPORT: Phil Kessel Signing Gaining Steam

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