June 29, 2019 | 7:40pm ET
COYOTES ACQUIRE KESSEL FROM PENGUINS
Phil Kessel, right wing
The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded right wing Phil Kessel, defenceman Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round draft pick to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenceman Pierre-Olivier Joseph.
The Penguins and Coyotes had discussed a Kessel trade going back to last season, but were unable to firm up a deal until now – Pittsburgh had shown interest in Galchenyuk since his days with the Montreal Canadiens.
Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman first reported Kessel was being traded to Arizona, while TFP’s David Pagnotta first reported Alex Galchenyuk was heading to Pittsburgh as part of the deal.
Kessel, 31, tallied 27 goals and 55 assists for 82 points in 82 games with the Penguins this season.
In 996 career NHL regular-season games with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Penguins, Kessel has picked up 357 goals and 466 assists for 823 points.
Galchenyuk, 25, registered 19 goals and 22 assists for 41 points in 72 games with the Coyotes this season.
In 490 career NHL regular-season games with the Canadiens and Coyotes, Galchenyuk has accumulated 127 goals and 169 assists for 296 points.
Joseph, who turns 20 in July 1, was drafted 23rd overall by the Coyotes in the 2017 NHL Draft.