NHL Trade Talk: Ranking the Best Potential Destinations for Phil Kessel

June 7th, 2015 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »
There are two trains of thought when it comes to Phil Kessel's future with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The first is that his future is all but assuredly going to be somewhere other than Toronto now that the team brought in no-nonsense coach Mike Babcock.

The second is that Babcock may be the guy able to help guide Kessel into a more well-rounded and less controversial star.

There's no doubt the 27-year-old sniper could use a break from the spotlight in Toronto, which has drawn his ire over the years. And Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman said last week on Calgary's Fan 960 morning show that the Maple Leafs will be busy at the draft trying to make some deals. 

"They were looking at a scorched-earth kind of roster," Friedman said of the Leafs' mentality prior to the Babcock hiring. "Get guys out and start all over again." 

According to his latest 30 thoughts column, teams are calling the Leafs to ask what the cost would be for the goal-scoring right winger who has seven more years at $8 million per season remaining on his current deal.

With a player as talented as Kessel, who comes with as much of a damaged r ...

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