NHL Rumors: Arizona and Edmonton Discussing Blockbuster

The Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes have been in contact recently regarding a trade and the chatter could turn itself into a multi-player deal that could help the Oilers plug some holes for their playoff run.

While it's already been reported the Oilers have discussed defenseman Jakob Chychrun with the Coyotes, look for forward Phil Kessel to also be on Edmonton's radar. The veteran sniper and two-time Stanley Cup champion is a pending unrestricted free-agent and the Coyotes are working hard trying to land a high draft pick and prospect for his services. 

Kessel has appeared in 30 games and has 21 points for the dismal 'Yotes, and his no-movement clause will certainly give him all the power he needs to veto any move. Playing alongside Connor McDavid and going for another Cup could entice Kessel to leave, but there's definitely other options he prefers. Some close to him feel the Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, and Tampa Bay Lightning are at the top of his wish list.

As for the Oilers, they are willing to move some prospects out, along with their first-round pick but won't be doing so for just a rental. General manager Ken Holland will only make calculated moves that don't set his team back a couple of steps. His first-round pick won't be shipped out for two months of any player. 

Keep an eye on these two teams as the talks continue and it could be working itself into some big before the late March deadline.

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