The Edmonton Oilers Have The Option to Save a 3x Cup Champs' Career

Published September 7, 2023 at 8:43 PM

Phil Kessel's Path Forward in NHL: A Potential Fit with Oilers

Three-time Stanley Cup Champion Phil Kessel remains unsigned since his free agency began on July 1st. Despite his remarkable 1,065-game ironman streak, Kessel is open to adjusting his role for the upcoming 2023-24 NHL season, showcasing notable flexibility.

"The three-time Stanley Cup champion wants to play again in 2023-24. But, the most significant detail is that he's let teams know it won't be a problem if he's not an every-day player." Friedman said.

Potential Fit with Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers could be a logical destination for Kessel. With the Oilers facing cap constraints and a pair of open roster spots, a Professional Try-Out (PTO) offer from Ken Holland's team aligns well. Kessel, a proven winner, is reportedly willing to sign a very affordable league minimum $725,000 1-year deal, seeking an opportunity with a contender.

Having completed a full 82-game season with the Golden Knights last year, Phil Kessel had limited playoff appearances. As training camps approach, speculation surrounds his future. As he nears his 36th birthday on October 2nd, the possibility of a PTO contract emerges, potentially aiding the 35-year-old in securing a roster spot.
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The Edmonton Oilers Have The Option to Save a 3x Cup Champs' Career

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