DavidGreen
Posted by DavidGreen
Jul 02, 2019

Introduction

The Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to restructure their hockey team in order to become a faster and more youthful organization. Not too long ago, the Penguins traded defenseman, Olli Maatta, to the Chicago Blackhawks for Dominik Kahun. Kahun is a young forward that will also help Pittsburgh become faster and younger.

The Penguins just made another move this past week in attempt to become more agile on the ice. They traded All Star right winger, Phil Kessel, to the Arizona Coyotes. The Coyotes will also be receiving a fourth round draft pick as well as defenseman Dane Birks. The Penguins will get center Alex Galchenyuk along with defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph.

Kessel’s NHL Career Accomplishments

Kessel has played 13 seasons in the NHL. He was selected to the NHL All Star game three times (2011, 2012, 2015). He won back to back Stanley Cup championships (2016, 2017) with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The star forward also won the silver medal with Team USA in the 2010 Olympics in which USA fell just short of winning the gold medal in hockey to Canada. Kessel won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards ceremony.

Kessel's Regular Season Career Statistics
      Scor Scor Scor     Goal Goal Goal Goal Assi Assi Assi Shot Shot          
Season Tm GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% FO% BLK HIT TK GV
2006-07 BOS 70 11 18 29 -12 12 10 1 0 0 14 4 0 170 6.5          
2007-08 BOS 82 19 18 37 -6 28 14 5 0 3 16 2 0 213 8.9 42.3 17 11 37 30
2008-09 BOS 70 36 24 60 23 16 28 8 0 6 17 7 0 232 15.5 48.3 16 6 42 33
2009-10 TOR 70 30 25 55 -8 21 22 8 0 5 17 8 0 297 10.1 48.4 13 13 30 46
2010-11 TOR 82 32 32 64 -20 24 19 12 1 6 21 11 0 325 9.8 40.7 22 11 45 45
2011-12 TOR 82 37 45 82 -10 20 27 10 0 6 32 13 0 295 12.5 32.1 21 12 39 82
2012-13 TOR 48 20 32 52 -3 18 14 6 0 4 17 15 0 161 12.4 62.5 23 16 25 45
2013-14 TOR 82 37 43 80 -5 27 29 8 0 6 31 12 0 305 12.1 14.3 30 25 37 88
2014-15 TOR 82 25 36 61 -34 30 17 8 0 4 19 17 0 280 8.9 40 13 18 34 64
2015-16 PIT 82 26 33 59 9 18 22 4 0 5 20 13 0 274 9.5 40 13 9 26 55
2016-17 PIT 82 23 47 70 3 20 15 8 0 4 25 22 0 229 10 33.3 15 12 15 51
2017-18 PIT 82 34 58 92 -4 36 22 12 0 6 28 30 0 261 13 31.6 17 10 26 60
2018-19 PIT 82 27 55 82 -19 28 15 12 0 10 31 24 0 215 12.6 44.4 18 12 33 78
6 yrs TOR 446 181 213 394 -80 140 128 52 1 31 137 76 0 1663 10.9 42.8 122 95 210 370
4 yrs PIT 328 110 193 303 -11 102 74 36 0 25 104 89 0 979 11.2 35.4 63 43 100 244
3 yrs BOS 222 66 60 126 5 56 52 14 0 9 47 13 0 615 10.7 43.6 33 17 79 63
Career 13 yrs 996 357 466 823 -86 298 254 102 1 65 288 178 0 3257 11 42.7 218 155 389 677

Media Statements

"Phil Kessel is a proven winner, an elite goal scorer and one of the most productive point producers in the NHL for a sustained period of time,'' says John Chayka who is the general manager of the Arizona Coyotes. "His dynamic scoring ability fits a specific need for this team and instantly elevates us to another level.''

"I'm just coming in to do what I do best and help them win as many games as possible," Kessel explained. "They're an up-and-coming team with a lot of great pieces. I'm coming in to help them take the next step."

"I'm not sure that's exactly what happened," he added. "Jim came to me, one time, and said to me that I'll never be a Penguin again. I think he's mistaken a little bit there. But I'm not here to tell what really happened and the real truth. So whatever Jim wants to say."

"First and foremost, I want to thank Phil Kessel for his contributions to the Penguins. He was a key component to our success in winning back-to-back Stanley Cups. We couldn't have done it without him, and for that, we are grateful,'' says Pittsburgh Penguin’s general manager Jim Rutherford. "With that being said, we are excited to welcome a young, skilled player in Alex and add depth to our defense with first-round draft pick Pierre-Olivier Joseph.''

Sources:

“Penguins trade Kessel to Coyotes for Galchenyuk”, espn.com, June 30, 2019.

“Phil Kessel”, hockey-reference.com, June 30, 2019.

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