Phil Kessel Traded to Pittsburgh Penguins

Phil Kessel
Phil Kessel should see amazing success playing with Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. (Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports)

It’s official, the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded forward Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Going back to the Maple Leafs in the deal are Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington and an unconfirmed draft pick that is likely to be a first-round pick. The trade was first reported by Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet during the the network’s live free agent coverage.

Rumors about a deal involving the 27-year-old have been swirling for quite some time. He was a well sought-after skater that can make a significant impact on any team in the league, making a plethora of teams interested in his services.

Kessel has tallied 247 goals and 273 assists in 668 games, giving him an average of 0.78 points per game. He still has seven years remaining on a contract that pays $8 million per year. It’s expect that the Maple Leafs will retain some of that salary.

In Pittsburgh, Kessel will be playing with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin. For a pure goal scorer like Kessel, that type of linemate should prove more than beneficial for the All-Star winger.

The Hockey Writers will have more as this story develops. And don’t forget to stay up to date with our 2015 NHL Free Agent tracker.


-Full deal below, courtesy of Bob McKenzie:

-Conditions of the first-round pick the Leafs received, per James Mirtle:

-The first-round pick sent to Toronto is lottery protected, according to Mirtle and Pierre LeBrun.