Former Coyotes vet Phil Kessel signs 1-year deal with Vegas Golden Knights
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights bolstered their forward depth by signing veteran Phil Kessel to a one-year, $1.5 million deal Wednesday.
The 34-year-old Kessel spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. With Arizona, he tallied 133 points with 42 goals.
The Coyotes acquired Kessel, defenseman Dane Birks and a fourth-round draft pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2019 by shipping off forward Alex Galchenyuk and defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph.
The two-time Stanley Cup champion Kessel has 399 goals and 557 assists in 1,204 career games with Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Arizona.
Kessel has appeared in 982 consecutive NHL games, the longest active streak, and is seven away from tying Keith Yandle’s record of 989.
This past March, Kessel managed to keep that ironman streak alive by appearing for his first shift in a March 8 game against the Detroit Red Wings before flying back to Arizona for the birth of his child.
Last season, Kessel had a career-worst eight goals along with 44 assists.
He’s a goal away from becoming the 13th American-born player to score 400 NHL goals.