A completely unexpected replacement for Kirby Dach with the Montreal Canadiens? Phil Kessel has just been suggested as a depth addition
BY ELIAS NOVEMBER 4, 2023 (3:47 PM)
During the last off-season, Elliotte Friedman reported that Kessel had informed teams that he was willing to end his Ironman streak just to have the chance to play. He doesn't need to be guaranteed a full-time spot; he just wants to play.
Recently, it was Pierre LeBrun's turn to discuss the forward's future. The hockey insider published an article on The Athletic after meeting with the man himself for a face-to-face interview.
It didn't take much for rumors of a possible return of the three-time Stanley Cup winner to resurface on social media. On this topic, speculations even linked Kessel to the CH!
Indeed, user Shaun Hashim hypothesized that Kent Hughes could take advantage of Kirby Dach's LTIR to bring the veteran to the club. According to Hashim, Kessel would be a good candidate to carry the puck for Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, or Juraj Slafkovsky. His power play experience would also not hurt the CH, which has an efficiency rate of only 20% (15th in the league).
Do you find the idea crazy? Kessel's statistics last year prove, as he says himself, that he was quite good. In 82 games with Vegas, he accumulated 14 goals and 22 assists for a total of 36 points. All this while playing an average of 12:48 per game. Although he only played 4 games in the playoffs, accumulating two assists, he was a significant presence in the locker room according to his teammates.
While waiting for a call, the American says he continues to train on and off the ice. He doesn't want to miss his chance to play again in the big league.
If Kessel returns to play this season, it will probably not be with the CH but with a team aspiring for high honors. He could be very useful in adding depth and helping out when there are injured players. With a minimum salary contract, why not take a chance with the 36-year-old veteran?
Would you like to see Phil Kessel with the CH?
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