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Canucks forced into tough decision with Phil Kessel's NHL comeback

Published March 7, 2024 at 8:42

Much has been made about unrestricted free agent Phil Kessel making a comeback to the NHL as he was seen working out with the Vancouver Canucks in Abbotsford BC. The three-time Stanley Cup champ has not played a game all season as he is not found a new home.

According to capfriendly.com there is a timer set for Kessel to be playoff eligible. Kessel needs to sign by the trade deadline, and according to Rick Dhaliwal, it currently looks unlikely that the Canucks will sign Kessel.

UPDATE: In a quick change of plans as the trade deadline always is, the Canucks are now believed to be signing Kessel by tomorrow.

After much fanfare it appears that the Canucks are going a different direction as rumors persist that the Canucks are working hard to land his former teammate Jake Guentzel from the Penguins. If this happens, it's likely President Jim Rutherford and GM Patrik Allvin may not sign him.

The 37-year-old has had a colourful career as he had spent time with five NHL organizations including the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas golden Knights. Many felt that he could still be a value for a team looking for depth scoring and power play time.

He has played 1286 games, scoring 413 goals of 579 assists for 992 points. Perhaps father time has caught up to him and he might remain out of a deal indefinitely.
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Canucks forced into tough decision with Phil Kessel's NHL comeback

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