NHL: Phil Kessel joins the Golden Knights

NHL: Phil Kessel joins Golden Knights

BETTING À DAY

Two-time Stanley Cup champion Phil Kessel signed a one-for-one deal with the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

General Manager Kelly McCrimmon has one made the announcement in a press release. Kessel, who was an unrestricted free agent, will receive a salary of $1.5 million.

The American forward has little to prove in the Bettman circuit. He scored 956 points in 1,204 games in his illustrious career with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins and Arizona Coyotes.

He also holds the most long streak of games played in the National League, with 982, and will only have to play the first eight of the regular season to break Keith Yandle's record.

The Wisconsin native, aged 34, has shown that he still deserves his place in the circuit in 2021-2022. Playing with the poor “Yotes”, he still had 52 points in 82 games.

The former first-round pick, fifth overall, of the Bruins in 2006 lifted the Lord Stanley trophy two consecutive years with the “Pens” in 2016 and 2017.