This is relatively VERY new news, and shocking. Phil Kessel has said to likely waive his no-movement clause and a modified no-trade clause to play for Arizona. As odd as that seems, the reason behind it all is because Phil wants to play under former coach, and now assistant coach of Arizona, Rick Tocchet. Phil has had his fair share of friction and conflict with head coach Mike Sullivan, although it was said Phil was going to be traded than not traded, this is Phil saying he WOULD likely waive his no-movement clause if Pittsburgh were interested in trading him. This is not saying it will happen but if Pittsburgh were to move forward and part ways with Phil Kessel he is open to going to Arizona.
Phil Kessel the 12-year, 30-year-old veteran comes with a price though due to his 741 points in 941 games, 2-time Stanley Cup champ, 6-time 30 goal scorer, 7-time 60 point player and coming off his best year of his career tallying 92 points in 82 games with a career high 58 assists. Kessel will not be cheap and it seems as if the Coyotes are not willing to bite on Kessel. It is still early in the trade talk but right now the Coyotes have come out and said they are not biting just yet, persumably because the Penguins probably want their 1st round pick this year and with the Coyotes slotted 5th overall to get Bouchard, Hughes, Zadina, Doboson, or others they are not willing to move just yet. We will see this move more after the draf or on draft day I assume.
Panarin out in Columbus?
The 26-year-old superstar winger is coming off his best year during his 3-year career thus far tallying 82 points in 81 games with a career high 55 assists. Panarin has yet to record under 74 points in his 3 years in the NHL. Well recently it came out that Panarin does not want to talk contract negotations with the Blue Jackets and will test the market. Panarin is entering the final year of his 6 million dollar contract and will become a UFA at the end of 2018-19 season. Therefore this will be a trade and sign deal for whatever team does end up getting Panarin if Columbus does not end up keeping the “breadman”. The intersting part is that Chicago came out a couple weeks ago and said they are willing to trade their 1st round pick for an NHL ready player. Could that mean a reunion of Kane and Panarin? Very unlikely as the Blackhawks have 4.75 mil in cap space at the moment and still have 5 contracts to be signed. This news is still very fresh and not much has come out yet but the Blue Jackets are probably livid that Panarin will not talk with them yet until Panarin gets to test the market. But what we are all not understanding is that Panarin is a free agent next seaosn, it seems as if he wants to see what other teams are willing to bite at him and what they would be willing to throw his way money wise. This could be mean that Panarin hears a few offers and realizes he is better off in Columbus, and could end up staying in Columbus and signing a long term deal in the upcoming season.