First of all Kessel is not untradable on his contract.
They wouldn't even have to retain salary nor would he ever pass through waivers.
Their other option would be to buy him out. Which again will never happen.
He'll be traded in the off-season when teams are more flexible.
Technically if any player declines that much, the only way to "get out" would be to retire or get bought out.
Also if a player just stops reporting to the team he's assigned to then the team can terminate the contract eventually.
Basically this. Richards and Kessel aren't in the same boat. One is washed up and unproductive while being massively overpaid. The other is a little overpaid but is one of the best goal scorers in the game.
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