According to a report by David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, now that the Arizona Coyotes have paid forward Phil Kessel a $5 million bonus he was due on July 1st, the team is looking to trade the player. Because he’s only owed $1 million in real dollars to finish off the final year of his current contract, the Coyotes are hoping there’s a team out there willing to take on his salary cap without having to actually spend all that much.

Pagnotta’s post motivated a number of responses from followers who figured there would be a handful of teams interested. Among them, the Seattle Kraken and Vegas Golden Knights. Some fans even tossed out the idea of Kessel going back to either Boston or Toronto.

It might be something Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland should take a look at. Here are three reasons why:

 

The Oilers Still Might Need a Right-Winger

Upon first glance, suggesting the Oilers shouldn’t be focused on adding a right-winger is fair. Among the priorities the Oilers have set this offseason, this is not among them. That said, you can never have too much depth and what the Oilers are running with are two fairly inexperienced right wing options could turn out wonderfully and be a massive bargain for the team, or it could be a problem area.

If either Kailer Yamamoto or Jesse Puljujarvi don’t take a big step forward in their progression, the Oilers aren’t nearly as deep at this position as we’d like to believe. It’s easy to be confident both will improve as there’s a lot to like, but if there’s a chance to add a proven 20-30 goal right-wing option for a low cost on a one-year rental, why not? Good teams add proven production. Kessel qualifies.