Phil Kessel's name made headlines this week because the Pittsburgh Penguinsreportedly tested the trade market for the winger, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman on Wednesday.
Captain Sidney Crosby addressed those rumors following the Penguins' 6-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.
“There’s always going to be talk,” Crosby told The Athletic's Josh Yohe. “And there’s always going to be some things said outside of this room, the kind of stuff that we don’t really have any control over. All I know is, we appreciate all the things he brings to this team.”
Kessel's name has surfaced in trade talks before. Last offseason, he was reportedlyopen to playing for the Arizona Coyotes, a team that former Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet leads behind the bench.