Bruins eyeing down a reunion with 11-year veteran?

Published September 1, 2023 at 0:13
As September approaches, Phil Kessel, the seasoned NHL player, remains unaffiliated with a team but is open to finding a compromise to secure a new team.

Kessel, a key player in the Golden Knights' Stanley Cup triumph last year, opted not to extend his contract with Vegas.

Approaching his 36th birthday on October 2nd, the three-time Stanley Cup winner exudes confidence in his capacity to continue making substantial contributions on the ice.

Sources indicate that Kessel has conveyed his flexibility to potential teams, displaying a willingness to adapt to a non-regular role if required.

"Despite being a three-time Stanley Cup champion, he's eager to hit the ice again in 2023-24. What stands out is his assurance to teams that being an everyday player isn't a prerequisite," Friedman stated.

Notably, he boasts an impressive active streak of 1,064 consecutive games played, an unparalleled achievement in NHL history. Brent Burns, a defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes, holds the second-longest streak with 761 games.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Kessel's candidness regarding his playing preferences holds significant importance.

This transparency ensures that teams are well-informed, averting any potential backlash that might arise from discontinuing such a monumental streak without prior notice.

During the previous season, Kessel demonstrated his enduring skills with 16 goals and 22 assists. Beyond his performance, his veteran leadership could offer substantial advantages to any team.

While the Boston Bruins seem to have their forward positions largely filled, particularly with emerging young talents vying for roles in the bottom six, a reunion with the team that drafted him fifth overall in the 2006 NHL Draft could be conceivable if Kessel is content with assuming a part-time role.
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Bruins eyeing down a reunion with 11-year veteran?

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