Phil Kessel looks more like Joe Average than an elite NHL player. His appearance is a bit sloppy. He’s not as fit as you expect. His diet probably isn’t perfect. How many memes and tweets have you seen about Kessel liking hot dogs?
But Kessel, above all else, is a gifted offensive player. He registered 52 points last season for a struggling Arizona Coyotes team. He netted 20 goals in 56 games the season before. Kessel is productive. And the Vegas Golden Knights may have landed a bargain Wednesday when they signed Kessel to a one-year contract for $1.5 million.
The traded away Max Pacioretty, Evgenii Dadonov and Mattias Janmark this summer. They need more scoring. Kessel, with 399 career goals, is the man for the job.
CapFriendly.com points out if Kessel registers 52 points per season his cost will be $28,800 per point. That will make him one of the top 25 cheapest cost-per-point players
If Kessel produces at the same rate as last year, 52 pts, his cost-per-point will be $28.8k/point.
This would have landed him in the top 25 cheapest cost-per-point players in 2021-22 for standard contracts.https://t.co/AqobAr6FF2
— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) August 25, 2022
Salary Cup Rising
Sportsnet.ca reports that NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly believes that the expected salary cap rise could come sooner than expected. Daly said preliminary reports show revenue growing ahead of schedule. The NHL is still recovering from loss of revenue because of the pandemic
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