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Insider Only Rumors: Penguins internally optimistic of getting a seat at the Tavares table in late June?

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A 92 point regular season won’t have Phil Kessel’s name escaping the trade rumor mill over the next month in a half.

Kessel’s poor performance in the postseason followed by a continued rift with head coach Mike Sullivan has only heightened the situation regarding Kessel this coming summer.

Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports, the coaching staff has reached the point with Kessel where they feel if he’s not producing offensively, he’s a detriment to the lineup 5-on-5 because of his inability to do the little things away from the puck.

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From NHL executives, to top NHL insiders, it’s no secret around the league that Pittsburgh will entertain Kessel trade scenarios leading into the draft.

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Kessel has four years remaining on his deal with a $6.8 million cap hit. He’s due to make $26 million in actual money over the remainder of the contract, with $21 million of it paid from the Penguins.

Kessel’s no trade clause allows him to accept a trade to only eight teams and each July 1 the Kessel camp often make the list with teams right up against the cap that hinder the chances of Kessel bring traded.

One Eastern Conference Executive to TIOPS on Kessel:

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Here was the key comment, though, from the executive on why the trade market for Kessel would be very limited.

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Penguins will explore options for flexibility to get a seat at the Tavares table

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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