Well, well, well. The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to their second Stanley Cup Final in the last six years, our old friend Phil Kessel could have a new address next season as his name as hit the NHL trade rumors, can the Pittsburgh Penguins get better by trading Kris Letang and the TSN trade bait list is up.
Can the Pittsburgh Penguins trade Kris Letang AND get better? (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)
So, Phil Kessel may last only one year in the desert. Here comes criticism: If Kessel took care of himself, if he worked at his craft as hard as he avoids contact, he would be a Hall of Fame player. He has all of the talent in the world, but he chooses an alternative path.
Kessel will be difficult if not impossible to trade. He made the Penguins trade very difficult, and he just completed a 38-point season. Also, Arizona is behind on its arena payments, so the team must cut salary. Here is the TSN trade bait list, and the scoop on the two-time Stanley Cup champion (TSN)
By the way, Brandon Sutter is also on the list, and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has always been a fan.
Elliotte Friedman says he wouldn’t be surprised to see a Tristan Jarry/ Marc-Andre Fleury tandem in Pittsburgh. It was part of his 31 Thoughts (Sportsnet)
We’ve been digging on that story. As soon as we have something, either way, we’ll shout.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed for another Cup Final after a dramatic OT GWG in Game 6 (NHL.com)
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