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Breaking: Kessel is fine with getting traded!

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It seems like all the Pittsburgh Penguins insiders and reporters are on the same page on this: the Pens and general manager Jim Rutherford are rumoured to be trying to trade veteran forward Phil Kessel.

Another Penguins reporter has been added to the group as Mark Madden of the team's flagship station, 105.9 FM made the statement on his radio show on Thursday, as reported by Kukla's Korner Hockey. 

Just recently, Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Ron Cook blamed the sour relationship between Kessel and head coach Mike Sullivan for torpedoing the club’s hopes for a third consecutive Stanley Cup championship. Cook feels that Kessel should be the scapegoat for the Penguins' downfall, calling him a difficult player to coach. At the end of the Penguins' season, Rutherford revealed that Kessel dealt with injuries throughout the regular season, despite playing in all 82 games. Kessel managed to have a career year this season, averaging more than a point per game for the first time in his career, but struggled in the postseason, recording just one goal in 12 games. 

"He's dealt with injuries all year," Rutherford said when asked if Kessel was injured in the playoffs. "He played through those during the whole regular season. I know some of those things he dealt with caught up with him. Nothing will require surgery."

Cook feels that Kessel should’ve taken some time off to rest during the season instead of being selfish and keeping his consecutive-games streak going. Despite all of his negative comments, Cook believes Kessel “probably will be back with the Penguins next season even though {he expects} Rutherford to seriously look into trading him.” 

Madden added to the mix on Thursday, stating that the Penguins are going to try to move Kessel to another team this offseason, and "Kessel is OK with that", citing sources close to the Penguins and to Kessel in his report. 

The veteran forward has reportedly been frustrated over the fact that "he hasn't been able to play on a line with Evgeni Malkin full-time, instead being used as the balancing point for head coach Sullivan to spread his top talent over three scoring lines."

However, the key word remains try, here. Let's not forget that it seems quite hard on the market to find a taker for Kessel's massive contract, which runs through 2021-22 with an annual cap hit of $6.8 million according to the information provided by CapFriendly.