Penguins trade Kessel to the Coyotes

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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Saturday a deal to send Kessel, defenseman Dane Birks and a 2021 fourth-round pick to the Arizona Coyotes for center Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman Pierre-Oliver Joseph. He won two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 2016 and 2017, where he recorded 45 points in 49 playoff games.

The deal reunites Kessel with Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet, who was an assistant coach with the Penguins from 2014-2017.

Kessel had 82 points (27 goals, 55 assists) in 82 games this season and two points (one goal, one assist) in four Stanley Cup Playoff games. The 31-year-old forward still has three years remaining on his contract, which is worth $6.8 million annually.

- Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 29, 2019PO Joseph and Galchenyuk to Pittsburgh for Kessel and a 4th round pick.

The Penguins will be Galchenyuk's third National Hockey League team.

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Galchenyuk scored 19 goals and had 41 points in 72 games with Coyotes in 2018-2019. He also struggled defensively, finishing the season as a minus-19 and with a 39 percent goal share at 5-on-5, second-worst among Arizona forwards with more than 20 games played. The forward is in the final year of a three-year, $14.7 million contract with a cap hit of $4.9 million, which is almost two million less than Kessel's current cap hit. He previously played three seasons with the Boston Bruins, six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs and four seasons with the Penguins.

Well, I can't get confirmation from either team, but there is word tonight PIT/ARIZ are working on a Phil Kessel deal. "We needed a guy that could produce offensively and consistently, and we were looking for a veteran player that had a history of doing it". "We couldn't have done it without him, and for that, we are grateful", Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said in a statement.

". We think he augments our [forwards] and leads the way and take us to the next level", Chayka said. "With that being said, we are excited to welcome a young, skilled player in Alex, and add depth to our defence with first-round draft pick Pierre-Olivier Joseph".

Birks was selected by the Penguins in the sixth round (No. 164) of the 2013 NHL Draft.

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