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MAJOR: Canadian Contender Reportedly Eyeing Phil Kessel

Published February 8, 2024 at 3:15 PM
BY TOM BANKS
Phil Kessel has been one of the most consistent players in the NHL over the past few decades, but in 2023-24, he is yet to find a home in the league at 36-years of age.

Vancouver Canucks interested in Phil Kessel



In 2022-23, Kessel played in all 82 games for the Vegas Golden Knights, tallying 14 goals and 32 points over that time, and while he was scratched for the playoff run that led to a Stanley Cup, he remains a valuable free agent.

Now, the Vancouver Canucks are reportedly toying with the idea of adding Phil Kessel, who would likely be used as a solid option in their bottom-six.


For those asking, the #Canucks are still poking around UFA Phil Kessel.


This is a Canucks team that already boasts one of the deepest and most talented teams in the league, and while Kessel isn't the player he once was, he would only add to that depth.

Recently, Head Coach Rick Tocchet heaped praise on the veteran too, and with all this lining up, it just makes sense for both parties.

Rick Tocchet on Phil Kessel :"There's value in Phil, I think he can still play, 100 per cent."

That was last weekend in Toronto in Luke Fox article on Sportsnet.


Beyond that, he is a valuable leader that has won three Stanley Cups in his career, and if the Canucks truly believe they are a threat to the Cup in 2023-24, this is the type of low-risk, high-reward move that could be absolutely perfect.
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