May 25, 2019 | 11:56am ET
COULD COYOTES MAKE PLAY FOR KESSEL?
Phil Kessel, right wing
After a trade with the Minnesota Wild fell through, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be exploring other options when it comes to trying to trade sniper Phil Kessel.
Kessel, 31, has three-years left on his contract and comes with a $6.8 million salary cap hit – his full annual cap hit is $8 million, but the Toronto Maple Leafs retained $1.2 million, annually, when they traded him to Pittsburgh.
The Penguins and Wild had agreed to terms on a trade involving Kessel, but the veteran winger declined to waive his no-movement clause for Minnesota. For now, the deal is believed to be dead.
There are other teams interested in Kessel, who has an eight-team trade list.
The Arizona Coyotes are among the teams Kessel would waive his NMC to go to, and one player the Penguins have interest in is winger Alex Galchenyuk.
As TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta reported on SN650 Radio in Vancouver on Friday, the Penguins expressed serious interest in acquiring Galchenyuk from Montreal, before the Canadiens traded him to the Coyotes for centre Max Domi in June 2018.
Galchenyuk has one-year left on his contract and comes with a $4.9 million cap hit.
Kessel, who currently ranks No.2 on the TFP Off-Season Trade Watch list, is expected to be moved this off-season and it appears a deal could be orchestrated, with some team, in the coming weeks.
In 82 games with the Penguins this season, Kessel registered 27 goals and 55 assists for 82 points. He is four games away from playing in 1,000 career NHL regular-season games.