Cities media reports Kessel is returning
Keeping Kessel would be a huge victory for Minnesota, which last week received word that defenseman Erik Johnson would become the first No. 1 pick to attend college after being drafted.
It also comes at a time when other WCHA teams are feeling the wrath of early departures.
Wisconsin lost its second underclassman Thursday when Joe Pavelski signed with San Jose.
Mankato lost its third underclassman this offseason when forward Ryan Carter signed with Anaheim. The Mavericks lost defenseman Kyle Peto to Europe earlier this month.
I have a feeling every WCHA coach, outside of Jamie Russell, is going to be holding his breath until school begins.