NHL trade rumors: Wild have ‘proposal on the table’ to acquire Phil Kessel from Penguins

Phil Kessel could soon be wearing a new uniform.

The Wild “have a trade proposal on the table” to acquire Phil Kessel from the Penguins, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites multiple unidentified league sources.

Kessel finished with 27 goals and 55 assists for Pittsburgh last season. He has won two Stanley Cups since joining the team before the 2015-16 season.

The 31-year-old forward has also played for the Bruins and Maple Leafs during his 13 NHL seasons. He has scored 357 goals in 996 career games.

Pittsburgh registered a 44-26-12 record in 2018-19 and was swept out of the playoffs in the first round by the Islanders. Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said after the series against New York that “every possibility is on the table” this summer. 

“I have to step back, settle down and see where the team is and where it’s headed,” Rutherford told The Athletic. “We still did get 100 points. You’ll take that every year. But what happened in the playoffs was extremely disappointing. It was a good team that beat us. I respect them. But they should not have swept us.”

The Wild, meanwhile, finished the season 37-36-9 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011-12. General manager Paul Fenton “hopes to make significant noise this offseason,” according to an earlier report from The Athletic.

“It’s frustrating,” Fenton told The Athletic about missing the playoffs earlier this month. “You want to be playing in the playoffs and get our kids to know (what it’s like).”