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Dan’s Daily: Big Suspension for Kane, AZ Works ‘Feverishly’ to Trade Kessel



Phil Kessel NHL trade rumors, Pittsburgh Penguins trade

The NHL lowered the boom on San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane for violating COVID protocols. The Pittsburgh Penguins are worse for wear as winger Bryan Rust will be out for a while, and Sidney Crosby did not practice with the team. And Phil Kessel is pushing hard to get out of Arizona, and Arizona is peddling his wares feverishly on the NHL trade market.

One may have thought Kessel would learn his lesson, but yet another trade saga and a team happy to send him away will seal his fate. Kessel can’t play for Rick Tocchet this time…unless he becomes a broadcaster.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Full injury updates from Pittsburgh Penguins practice, including Sidney Crosby, Mike Matheson, and the scoop on Bryan Rust being out week-to-week. 

Zach Aston-Reese talked about his COVID ordeal. ZAR can confirm–COVID sucks. 

NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:

GOPHXN: Craig Morgan reports the Kessel-Coyotes relationship will be over as soon as possible. The Coyotes have put Kessel on the NHL trade block, per his request. AZ is working feverishly to make it so. 

The Athletic: Our old buddy and radio co-host, who is now a big-timer with the Athletic, reports the Chicago Blackhawks put Dylan Strome on the NHL trade block, too.

San Jose: The NHL lowered the boom on Evander Kane. The league dished a 21-game suspension for faking and breaking COVID protocols.

Canada Hockey Now

Toronto: Auston Matthews returned, but….the Pittsburgh Penguins division rival New York Rangers beat TO in OT.

Montreal: OleOle Ole.` Mike Hoffman returned to the practice, Dominique Ducharme juggled the defence pairings again.

Vancouver: After decades of the best Swedish talent from Markus Naslund to the Sedin twins, the Vancouver Canucks have been a haven for Euro players. However…the new trend, the Canucks now have fewer Europeans. 

National Hockey Now

Detroit: Dylan Larkin was suspended for one game. He agreed it was warranted. But Bob Duff writes–since George Parros took over, chaos is the natural order. The NHL has a policing problem.  

Colorado: A scoop for the Hockey Now fam. Adrian Dater reports Nathan MacKinnon tested negative and was whisked to Washington for the Avalanche-Capitals game on Tuesday. Nikita Kucherov didn’t last long this season. The former Hart Trophy winner who missed last season but showed up for Round One suffered another significant injury that could require surgery. 

Boston: A sad follow-up to Jimmy Hayes’s death–an autopsy revealed Hayes had fentanyl and cocaine in his system.

Washington: Our Sammi Silber went one-on-one with Justin Schultz in Washington. He’s a dangerous defenseman when he’s confident. He’s a rough go when he loses confidence. He told Sammi--he’s got that swagger back. 

NYI: Without Matt Martin, the best fourth line in hockey has lacked identity. 

Florida: Rookie Spencer Knight is a future star. So, critics are piling up on Sergei Bobrovsky–who is tuning everyone out and heating up. 

Vegas: Mark Stone has a mystery injury, but Vegas might get a few others back. That puts top prospect Peyton Krebs on the bubble. Drama!



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8 months ago

Phil Kessel, what an enigma. Here is a player that should be beloved for what he has accomplished on the ice. One of the best players in USA hockey history. Instead he will be forever known as the player no one wanted to keep. Such a shame.

Also, how did he play for the Pittsburgh Penguins without getting a serious injury?

Last edited 8 months ago by Robert Shoemaker
Hatrick Pornqvist
Hatrick Pornqvist
8 months ago
Reply to  Rob

Never going into a corner helps. I love Phil, but the front of the net and the corners weren’t somewhere you would ever see him. You can rack up points when you shoot and pass like he does from his spots, and stay out of high traffic and avoid injuries too.

8 months ago

My take based on nothing but opinion. If Kessel was a carpenter who was good at framing walls, that’s all he’d want to do. If the foreman told him to go work on a roof truss, he’d still go frame the walls. There are always people who don’t care about being part of a team and think they don’t have to conform to anyone else’s rules – even those who employ them. Kessel seems to think that he alone decides his responsibilities as a hockey player, and that’s immature. He knows he’ll still makes millions wherever he plays and can… Read more »

8 months ago

It appears that Phil K. is uncoachable. He simply will not play the way the coaches want him to play. We saw some of that in Pittsburgh, especially towards the end. In addition, he avoids contact like the plague. Compare his blocks and hits to Crosby — who certainly is not a player you want blocking and hitting. It says something about his on ice persona.

8 months ago
Reply to  David

Kessel does avoid contact and that is why he never gets hurt. But to say he is a lousy hockey player is inconsistent with what I saw, especially during the cup runs. No, he never laid a booming check, but I saw someone be responsible at both ends of the ice and he assists totals clearly show he knows how to dish the puck as well as fill the net. He only agreed and went to Arizona because of Tocchet. Otherwise, any “good” hockey player would not want to be in hockey hell. They are clearly in rebuild (again) so… Read more »

8 months ago

Dan, why the need for drama. Crosby worked out before the game day morning skate. You make it sound like there was a set back for him.

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