Phil The Thrill is on the move, once again.
One-time Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel was traded Saturday from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenceman Pierre-Olivier Joseph. Also going to the Coyotes is Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
“(Kessel) was a key component to our success in winning back-to-back Stanley Cups,” Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said on NHL.com. “We couldn’t have done it without him, and for that, we are grateful. With that being said, we are excited to welcome a young, skilled player in Alex, and add depth to our defense with first-round draft pick Pierre-Olivier Joseph.”
Kessel, 31, who is under contract for the next three seasons, had 27 goals and 55 assists for the Penguins last season, his fourth with the team. He helped the Pens win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and ’17.