The Flyers are one of eight teams Phil Kessel (27) would waive his no trade clause for according to Bob McKenzie.
Kessel’s limited NTC is believed to include eight teams he can be traded to. Prior to the trade deadline, TSN reported those eight teams were believed to be: Boston; Chicago; Los Angeles; Minnesota; Montreal; New York Rangers; Philadelphia; and Pittsburgh.
99.99999% sure Kessel is not wearing orange and black next season, but it’s good to know elite talent still finds Philadelphia attractive. The Bruins, who won the Presidents’ Trophy in 2014, and the Flyers are the only non playoff teams on the list.
Trading draft picks and young talent would go against what the Flyers should be doing during the re-tool.
Phil Kessel’s $8 million hit would be near impossible to fit in with the cap troubles here and fellow elite right winger Jakub Voracek needs a new deal after this year.
The American is coming off a 61 point (25 G, 36 A) down year in Toronto. Phil put up 37 goals and at least 80 points in the two prior full seasons.
Elliotte Friedman reported last week that teams have started to ask the Leafs about his asking price and if a deal goes down it won’t happen for a couple of weeks. Toronto was trying very hard at the deadline to get rid of Kessel.