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Insider Only Rumors: Penguins tested the market for Phil Kessel recently

Kessel Trade Talk has re-emerged

Industry buzz when the Penguins were really floundering a few weeks ago is that if the team misses the playoffs or has an early playoff exit, most likely scenario, Phil Kessel will come out of it as the scapegoat and be traded.

And a growing consensus among NHL executives is that Pittsburgh will not win a Kessel trade whether one happens during this season or next summer.

Pittsburgh tested the trade market for Kessel last May/June, getting varying levels of interest from the likes of the Nashville Predators, Minnesota Wild, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers, league sources say.

At the end of the day, none of the four teams took the plunge and all backed out of talks during the week leading into the draft.

Pittsburgh was the aggressive initiator in a some of these talks. The team offered Kessel to Florida for Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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