Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Penguins Acquire Phil Kessel from Toronto

ESPNThe most buzzworthy NHL name of the summer is on the move, with theToronto Maple Leafs shipping star winger Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins

The Leafs are sending Kessel, forward Tyler Biggs, defenseman Tim Erixon and a conditional draft pick to the Penguins in exchange for defenseman Scott Harrington, forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling, a conditional draft pick and a third-round selection in '16.

I think the Blackhawks have had the Cup long enough, right? Couple weeks is good. They got their parade in and went on Wrigley Field and went to Jimmy Buffett with it. So can they just hand it over to Pittsburgh now? 

In all seriousness, I know one great player added to a team that was bounced in the first round won't turn them into the Stanley Cup favorites, but Phil Kessel is a star and can vastly improve Pittsburgh's offense. He's a great goal scorer and he and Crosby on the same line is gonna be scary. Can't wait to see that shit in action. Another big thing is that the Pens didn't give up too much. I don't think Harrington has made it up to the NHL yet, and if he has he hasn't played much. Kapanen has potential I think, but he's been up and down from the minors so far in his career. And Spaling was okay last year in his only season with the Pens. Getting this deal done without giving up Olli Maatta or Derrick Pouliot, their two top young defensemen, was huge. I'm not the biggest hockey guy but I become more and more of a fan every year, and now I'm really pumped for next season. 

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