Dallas Stars Daily Links: Kessel in Victory Green?
The star winger rejected a trade to Minnesota, but would he consider moving to Dallas? Plus, the Blues even the series against the Bruins, offseason trade rumors, and more.
As most people know by now, the Pittsburgh Penguins have been shopping Phil Kessel this offseason. The team had a trade with the Minnesota Wild finalized, but the star winger exercised his limited no-trade clause to veto the deal.
So it looks like Kessel won’t be wearing dark green, at least not anytime soon. But what about Victory Green?
As the Dallas Stars dive head first into the offseason searching for offense, they should really give a long look at making a run at Kessel if Pittsburgh is determined to move him... He has finished with 70, 92, and 82 points the past three seasons. The man produces. If you’re a team looking for offense, you could do significantly worse than Kessel.
Of course, the main problem here is what the Stars would have to give up for him. The Wild offered Jason Zucker, and the Stars don’t really have a comparable player. But with the Penguins looking to get younger and offload cap space, the Stars might be able to pull off a package deal:
If Pittsburgh is attempting to save money to retool the rest of the roster, a young defender like [Julius] Honka could make sense, especially if the Penguins were able to move a more expensive contract like [Jack] Johnson or Olli Maatta in the process.
You can read more on what it might take to make a Kessel trade to Dallas happen in Josh Lile’s piece here.
Around the League
Gloria! The St. Louis Blues won last night in overtime to tie the series against the Boston Bruins:
FINAL OT: @StLouisBlues (3) - @NHLBruins (2)— NHL (@NHL) May 30, 2019
Series tied 1-1 #StanleyCup pic.twitter.com/64A0My3GKl
Meanwhile, the rest of the playoff teams are miserable. But who is the most miserable?
The Blues and Bruins continue the Stanley Cup final tonight and yay, wonderful, good for them. What about the rest of us? @DownGoesBrown with the playoff disappointment index: https://t.co/HcPBB5N0B4— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) May 29, 2019
Back to Boston real quick — the Bruins have partnered up with Barstool Sports, which caused some heavy backlash on social media:
The #Bruins rally towels for Game 2 include a Barstool Sports logo. Some fans are not happy about that. https://t.co/b1gHm1NoBQ— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) May 29, 2019
We should all accept the fact that an offer sheet is never going to happen again, but if it does...
Is this the year we see another offer sheet inked? If so, it's likely to be one of these four players who signs it, writes @THNJaredClintonhttps://t.co/j93C64egIG— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) May 29, 2019
Somethings that will happen, however, are trades. Here are the some of the top names to keep an eye out for, plus Jamie Benn:
Every summer there are big names in the NHL's trade rumour mill.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) May 29, 2019
Here are 10 players to watch this year. (@RoryBoylen)https://t.co/JYZ11XvmTx