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Former Bruins «Ironman» streak could come to an end

SEP 1, 2023   |   BY HUNTER BOWMAN
Phil Kessel, the experienced NHL player, is still without a team as September approaches, yet he's open to compromising to find a new home.

Kessel, who played a vital role in the Golden Knights' Stanley Cup victory last year, chose not to renew his contract with Vegas.

As he approaches his 36th birthday on October 2nd, this three-time Stanley Cup winner remains confident in his ability to make meaningful contributions on the ice.

Sources report that Kessel has communicated his flexibility to potential teams. He's shown willingness to adapt to a non-regular role if necessary.


"The three-time Stanley Cup champion wants to play again in 2023-24. But, the most significant detail is that he's let teams know it won't be a problem if he's not an every-day player." Friedman said.


Impressively, he's kept an ongoing streak of 1,064 consecutive games played, a feat unparalleled in NHL history.

Brent Burns, a defenseman for the Carolina Hurricanes, holds the second-longest streak with 761 games.

According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, Kessel's openness about his playing preferences is significant.

It ensures teams are well-informed, preventing any potential backlash that might arise from breaking such a monumental streak without warning.

During the previous season, Kessel achieved 16 goals and 22 assists, showcasing his enduring skills. Beyond his performance, Kessel's veteran leadership could greatly benefit a team.

While the Boston Bruins seem to have their forward positions filled, particularly with emerging young talents vying for spots on the bottom six, a reunion with the team that drafted him fifth overall in the 2006 NHL Draft is plausible if Kessel is content with a part-time role.

Source: Nesn
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