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Dater’s Daily: Phil Kessel Drawing Scouts’ Attention, Bertuzzi Last Unvaccinated NHL Player



Phil Kessel
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Phil Kessel is 34 years old, plays on a very bad team and hasn’t scored a goal yet this season. Yet, as longtime Arizona Coyotes reporter Craig Morgan reported the other night, scouts from 15 teams had eyeballs on their game. It is widely believed that Kessel desperately wants out of Arizona, and it’s tough to overlook a guy who hasn’t missed a game since the 2009-10 season and who consistently puts up points.

Kessel is in the final year of an eight-year, $64 million contract. That is going to make him extremely difficult for the Coyotes to move – even though the actual cap hit is $6.8 million. The Avalanche could use more scoring depth, sure, but they don’t have anything close to the cap space necessary to get a guy like him.

So, don’t count on that happening anytime soon, with the Avs or anyone  else.

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