Pens add high-scoring Kessel in trade with Leafs

Wed Jul 1, 2015 7:16pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring forward Phil Kessel from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal involving six players and three draft picks on Wednesday.

Kessel, along with forward Tyler Biggs, defenseman Tim Erixon and a 2016 second-round draft pick, went to Pittsburgh for defenseman Scott Harrington, forwards Kasperi Kapanen and Nick Spaling and first and third-round draft picks in 2016.

Toronto will also cover $1.25 million per year of Kessel's salary.

The move came on the first day of NHL free agent signing.

Kessel, who had 25 goals in 82 games last season and has scored more than 20 goals in seven straight seasons, is signed for seven seasons with an $8 million salary-cap charge, according to

The five-time 30-goal scorer gives the Penguins a top wing to play with either Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.

Erixon played in 42 games for the Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks, and has two goals and 14 points in four seasons.

Biggs, the 22nd pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, had seven goals last season with the Maple Leafs' America Hockey League affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

The deal brought an infusion of youth to the rebuilding Leafs.   Continued...

Jan 24, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Team Foligno forward Phil Kessel (81) of the Toronto Maple Leafs competes during the fastest skater event in the 2015 NHL All Star Game skills competition at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports