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NHL Rumours: Ottawa Senators and Phil Kessel

Craig Anderson Retiring; NHL rumours

It’s time for another round of NHL rumours. We’re into the regular season and that means the NHL rumours start ramping up. Teams are making moves, but they also may be little ones. Some players are looking to end their career on a high note. However, some players are looking to extend their careers. Today’s NHL rumours focus on the Ottawa Senators and free agent forward Phil Kessel.

All NHL rumours come from the original source and are subject to change.

NHL Rumours

Ottawa Senators

Rumour: TSN’s Darren Dreger talked about former Senators goalie Craig Anderson signing a one-day contract to retire as a Senators player.

Analysis: Anderson announced his intention to retire at the end of the last season. He was with the Buffalo Sabres and was a big part of the team making a late Stanley Cup Playoff push. His last game in goal was an overtime-win with the Sabres against the Senators.

Anderson spent 10 seasons of this two-decade career in the Canadian capital. He played 435 games with Ottawa after joining the team in a 2011 trade with the Colorado Avalanche for Brian Elliott. The American netminder posted a 202-168-46 record and a .914 save percentage with the Sens.

Dreger said that Anderson will likely drop the ceremonial first puck when Buffalo and Ottawa get together on Tuesday. Anderson was hired by the club as a hockey liaison. This seems like another great move to honour Ottawa players of the past by the new ownership group.

Phil Kessel

Rumour: We keep with Insider Trading and the panel discussed the latest on free agent forward Phil Kessel.

Analysis: Chris Johnston discussed that Kessel is not ready to hang up the skates as of yet. The league’s current iron-man streak holder at 1,064 games still feels that he can contribute to a team.

Johnston said that Kessel is still skating on his own and has had a couple of brushes with contracts over the summer. TSN’s James Duthie said that the American is only eight points away from the 1,000-point mark and he would probably love to reach that milestone.

Kessel could still help out and would bring experience to a club. There’s no indication on where he’d sign, but it’s likely that he’s going to be on a team sooner rather than later.

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