All Phil Kessel did on Monday was make him and his Greta Garbo inclinations a bigger story than it had to be.
If he’s okay with that, then I’m okay with that. And if he chooses not to speak on the upcoming series between the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins today, I’m okay with that, too.
It’ll just be a bigger story tomorrow. The league will get involved, the Leafs will have to take action, and eventually Kessel will emerge and utter a few sentences and it will be treated like the Gettysburg Address.
Poor fellow doesn’t seem to understand the scrum will only get bigger, not smaller.
That’s all fighting one’s responsibilities ever does. It’s like you can fight with family members about cutting the lawn and whose responsibility it is and why it didn’t get done last weekend, or you can just cut the bloody lawn.
Now, I get that Kessel prefers not to speak publicly. From all accounts, those who know him well say he’s a genuinely shy person, but otherwise generous and good to friends and family.
Brian Burke brought him to Toronto knowing Kessel had this dislike of dealing with the media, and hoped he’d learn to deal with it professionally.
It hasn’t happened, which is too bad. This town, while not blessed with championship hockey clubs, has been uncommonly blessed with high-quality hockey players to deal with, a list that includes Johnny Bower, Darryl Sitter, Lanny McDonald, Borje Salming, Rick Vaive, Wendel Clark, Doug Gilmour, Mats Sundin and Curtis Joseph, to name a few.