Arizona Coyotes winger Phil Kessel is entering the final season of his eight-year, $64-million contract. He could end up playing elsewhere by the March 21 trade deadline.

TSN's Darren Dreger last week speculated Kessel could be among this season's notable trade candidates. It's doubtful the 34-year-old right wing fits into the long-term plans of Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong. He also indicated Kessel wants a fresh start elsewhere and an opportunity to earn a new NHL contract.

Dreger said Kessel wants to go to a competitive, if not contending team. Shipping him to one, however, could prove easier said than done.