NHL Trade Rumors: Breaking Down the Top 5 Destinations for Phil Kessel

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NHL Trade Rumors: Breaking Down the Top 5 Destinations for Phil Kessel
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Phil Kessel, quite possibly the most talked about athlete in the city of Toronto for weeks now is mired in an 11 game scoring drought that has seen his once adept touch escape him.

Kessel was acquired in probably Brian Burke’s worst deal, when he dealt two first-round selections in 2010 and 2011 along with a 2010 second rounder for Phil Kessel.

To make matters worse, the Leafs could have ended up with Tyler Seguin without that trade, so that not only makes the trade difficult to swallow but also difficult for Leafs Nation to forget.

So what happens if the Leafs want to trade him?

What exactly will they be looking for? What exactly could they get?

In my opinion, Kessel will need to be dealt to a team that’s in need of scoring, but also has picks and prospects to give as well.

If Kessel is dealt for whatever reason, hypothetically the Leafs would want one or two immediate NHL talents in return.

Here are my top 5 Phil Kessel Trades—I’m trying to make them as realistic as possible.

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