By: Chris Taylor (Kalapaki Joe’s Staff Writer)
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired sniper Phil Kessel in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday afternoon.
The deal involved a total of six players and some draft picks, here is the breakdown:
To Pittsburgh: Phil Kessel, Tyler Biggs and Tim Erixon. Plus a second-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.
To Toronto: Scott Harrington, Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling. Plus a first and third round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Toronto will also pay a portion of Phil Kessel’s salary going forward, $1.25 million per year to be exact.
Kessel had 25 goals in 82 games with the Maple Leafs last season.
In eight NHL seasons, Kessel has hit or surpassed the 30-goal mark on five occasions.
Those numbers should increase in Pittsburgh, as Kessel will get to play on a line with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
Crosby has never had a go-to sniper as a wing man and was very excited when asked about the trade to acquire Kessel:
“I’m excited! He’s an elite scorer and has a lot of speed. I see him fitting in well with us.”
Pittsburgh’s power play will now boast former Art Ross winner Evgeni Malkin, former NHL MVP Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Kris Letang and Patrick Hornqvist. Yikes!
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