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Phil Kessel Trade Mess, Penguins Fallout | Pens Live Chat




Pittsburgh Hockey Now editor-in-chief Dan Kingerski expounds on his controversial Wednesday column and examines the fallout of the Pittsburgh Penguins inability to trade winger Phil Kessel. As usual, it’s a no-holds-barred event with non-stop viewer participation.

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In addition to the fallout from Penguins GM Jim Rutherford admitting he probably cannot trade Kessel and he expects the player to return next season, Dan looks at the far-reaching impacts of that into next season and the dominos which could fall as a result, including the possibility of head coach Mike Sullivan losing control. It’s a wild chat. Strap in and enjoy.

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  1. Dean

    June 13, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    There seems to be a simple way to make Phil happy, possibly get great results, and make him a more coveted trade asset by February 2020. He wants to play with Crosby or Malkin. He can’t play with Malkin because they exacerbates their shared weakness. That leaves Sid.

    Assuming that we can’t move Phil, Sullivan needs to keep the following lines together for the first half.

    Guentzel – Crosby – Kessel
    McCann – Malkin – Rust
    Simon – Bjugstad – Hornqvist
    (A. Johnson or Miletic or..) – Blueger – ZAR

    Guentzel and Crosby play a 200ft game and could inspire Kessel to do the same or al least cover for him.
    MCCann and Rust play a 200ft game and could inspire Malkin to do the same or al least cover for him.
    The third line speaks for itself
    Forth line is 2/3rds there with ZAR and Blueger

    This would require both Sullivan and Crosby to suck it up for half the season. Sullivan would need to fight his excessive desire of changing the lines every 5 minutes and Crosby will need to agree to play with Kessel (which is not his preference).

    Unless Kessel and Malkin just want to push Sullivan out and sabotage the team, that set of forwards should put the Pens at least in striking distance of a playoff spot in Feb. Who knows success may even breed team chemistry.

    • Dan Kingerski

      June 13, 2019 at 9:31 pm

      Dean–If you want to have some fun (which enhances your point), check out the line stats at Natural Stat Trick. The Kessel-Crosby thing worked. But the eye test also showed something was about to go very wrong and the coaches pulled the plug quickly. If PK comes back, this must be considered more often lest the Penguins deal with more Malkin-Kessel “stuff”

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