TSN’s Frank Seravalli made Kessel the feature of his listing on TSN Trade Bait around the league

  • Rutherford put the NHL on alert when he said in an end-of-season interview that, “there could be changes, big changes,” to Pittsburgh’s core.
  • “Every possibility is on the table right now,” Rutherford told reporters.
  • Rutherford admitted that there were issues in the Penguins’ dressing room this season and Kessel’s friction with coach Mike Sullivan and even linemate Evgeni Malkin has been evident.
  • The Penguins’ Kessel Whisperer, assistant coach Rick Tocchet, left to be the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes two seasons ago.
  • Because of that friction and other chemistry issues, Rutherford said this season was actually Sullivan’s best coaching job with the Penguins.
  • Kessel’s scored 174 points in the 164 games since Tocchet has been gone — compared to 129 points in the 164 games Tocchet was a coach in Pittsburgh— but the “whisperer” narrative is never going to go away.

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