Veteran forward Phil Kessel left for Vegas on a 1-year contract | Sport

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights bolstered their bullpen by signing veteran Phil Kessel to a $1.5 million contract on Wednesday.

Kessel, 34, spent the last three seasons with the Arizona Coyotes. The two-time Stanley Cup winner has 399 goals and 557 assists in 1,204 games for Boston, Toronto, Pittsburgh and Arizona.

Kessel has played in 982 consecutive NHL games, the longest active streak, and is seven short of tying Keith Yandle’s record (989).

Kessel had a career-best eight goals and 44 assists last season. He is one goal short of becoming the 13th American player to score 400 NHL goals.

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