The Minnesota Wild have a trade proposal on the table with the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Phil Kessel, according to Josh Yohe of The Athletic.
Yohe writes that forward Jason Zucker, listed at No. 4 on TSN's trade bait board, is believed to be part of the return offered by Minnesota. He adds the teams have also discussed swapping the long-term contracts of Wild forward Victor Rask and Penguins defenceman Jack Johnson as part of the deal.
According to Yohe, the deal has been on the table for days and is dependent only on Kessel, who has an eight-team approved trade list in his contract. Citing numerous sources, Yohe adds that Kessel is unsure about joining the Wild, who many assumed would be willing to make the move closer to his hometown of Madison, Wisconsin.
Kessel is ranked No. 1 on the TSN Trade Bait board. He has spent the past four seasons with the Penguins, winning the Stanley Cup with the team in both 2016 and 2017. He scored 27 goals and posted 82 points in 82 games this season and added one goal and two points in four playoff games.
The 31-year-old is signed for three more seasons at a $6.8 million cap hit - with the Toronto Maple Leafs retaining $1.8 million of his salary.
Zucker, 27, has four years left on his contract at a $5.5 million cap hit. He scored 21 goals and posted 42 points in 81 games this season.
Rask, acquired this season in exchange for winger Nino Niederreiter, has three years left on his contract at a $4 million cap hit. He scored three goals and posted nine points in 49 games with the Wild and Carolina Hurricanes this season.
Johnson, 32, joined the Penguins as a free agent last July on a five-year, $16.25 million contract ($3.25 million cap hit). He had one goal and 13 points in 82 games this season and was without a point in three playoff games.