Listen, Phil Kessel is not being dealt from the Toronto Maple Leafs. So for those of you that wish such a fate upon the 23-year-old, don't get too excited.
Brian Burke is not going to go trading the player he spent so much to acquire. He is not going to tell the world that he made a mistake in sacrificing future picks for current talent. Just not going to happen.
And this is not saying that the following teams would be willing to make a pitch for Kessel.
This is simply hypothetical.
Teams are always in need of something, so this is just taking a look at 10 teams that could use the services of a player such as Kessel. Places he might fit in nicely, if you will.
This isn't to decide whether he is, or is not the right fit in Toronto, because it's far too soon to make such a call. This isn't to say what would be coming back in return for the goal-challenged winger either, that can be left up to you.
But since he's struggling mightily—more than he ever has at any point in his career—he's bound to be the talk of the town. And until he snaps out of this slump, like it or not, he will undoubtedly be the No. 1 topic when it comes to the Leafs.
So to follow that trend, here are 10 teams that could use Kessel, and hypothetically afford to swing a deal for him this season.
Can hear the uproar already.