Phil Kessel RUMORS & NEWS

  • Penguins' Kessel to play 1st game tonight after hand surgery

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "On Wednesday night, for the first time, Phil Kessel will take to the ice as a Stanley Cup champion. Kessel, who had surgery to repair a hand injury in July, will play his first exhibition game of the preseason when the Penguins host the Detroit Red Wings at the newly christened PPG Paints..." October 05

  • Penguins GM reveals inside intel on Phil Kessel trade

    Yahoo! Sports "Jim Rutherford, general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins, spoke to The Players’ Tribune about a great many things, including how he built their 2016 Stanley Cup championship team. (Don’t get me wrong, it also touches on his days with Hartford and Carolina as well.) Part of that discussion..." October 03

  • Kessel says he meant 'no disrespect' to USA Hockey

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "On Tuesday night, Phil Kessel became the biggest social media star in hockey when he burned USA Hockey with a cleverly worded tweet. On Friday, Kessel met with reporters after the first day of Penguins training camp and said he meant no harm. “Obviously I meant no disrespect to any..." September 24

  • Don't be mad at Phil Kessel, Team USA — be mad at yourselves

    Sporting News "It's the day after Team USA absorbed its ass-beating at the World Cup of Hockey, and the salt is flowing. The U.S. is done for a variety of reasons. Most of all, though, they chose physicality over skill, and it did not work. So, Canada beat them, because they were always going to. A few..." September 22

  • Team USA players are ticked off over Phil Kessel's critical World Cup tweet

    Fox Sports "Minutes after Team USA was embarrassingly eliminated by Canada in just their second World Cup of Hockey preliminary game on Tuesday, Phil Kessel torched the squad for choosing to leave him off the roster. The tweet garnered a lot of attention, picking up over 60,000 retweets in a little over 12..." September 21

  • Phil Kessel drops mic as U.S. crashes out of World Cup without him

    Sporting News "Don't mind Phil Kessel. Nothing to see here — just a man and his dog and 26 goals last heard from skating circles around Stanley Cup playoff opponents, sitting idly while his countrymen face-planted in a disaster of a major international tournament that passed him over. Insert Kermit..." September 21

  • Phil Kessel May Miss Start of Regular Season

    The Hockey Writers "Phil Kessel’s hand injury reportedly may keep him from being on the ice when the Pittsburgh Penguins open the regular season and begin defense of the Stanley Cup. Shortly after the Penguins defeated the San Jose Sharks to win the 2016 Stanley Cup Final, the team revealed Kessel had undergone..." August 29

  • Penguins GM confirms Kessel had hand surgery stemming from preseason injury

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Penguins right winger Phil Kessel underwent surgery for a hand injury Friday and is expected to make a full recovery for the 2016-17 season. “It was something he dealt with all season,” general manager Jim Rutherford said. “It bothered him. He took care of it. He's not expect to miss any time”" July 10

  • Phil Kessel sustained hand injury in round 1 of the playoffs, had surgery

    PensBurgh "The Pittsburgh Penguins' 2016 Stanley Cup win wouldn't have happened without Phil Kessel. The Pens made a statement when they acquired him last off-season, and that statement rang through loud and clear. Sure, there may have been some criticism throughout the regular season, even though he..." July 09

  • Phil Kessel's Toronto Career Forever Memorialized In Jamaican Sports Bar

    The Big Lead "Phil Kessel won a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins earlier this month. He won the Cup in his first season after being run out of Toronto where he spent the previous 6 years of his career. Kessel’s relationship with the Maple Leafs remains a complicated one, but there is at least one sports..." June 29

  • Dion Phaneuf talks Toronto, Phil Kessel’s Cup party: ‘I’ll be there’

    Sportsnet "Think back 16 months ago, Toronto. Before the oh-so-sweet lottery win and the fevered Steven Stamkos anticipation and the new No. 1 goaltender and those slick new throwback sweaters that pop like hope. Flash back to the Globe and Mail‘s memorable report of the “scorched earth” Shanny-plan, in..." June 29

  • Penguins' Rutherford prefers Kessel over 1st-round selection

    The Score "Pittsburgh Penguins general manager could care less that his club has no selection in the first round of the 2016 Draft. The club's lone selection this season was part of a package that was sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs last offseason for sniper Phil Kessel, and Rutherford regrets nothing. " June 25

  • 'HBK' line snubs Colbert over Kessel's fear of flying in small plane

    The Score "Phil Kessel can flat out fly on the ice, but his reluctance to board small planes apparently cost his linemates a late-night TV appearance. Nick Bonino revealed that the vaunted "HBK" line - made up of himself, Kessel, and Carl Hagelin - was forced to decline an invite to "The Late Show with..." June 17

  • Crosby topped Kessel in airtight Conn Smythe vote

    The Score "Amid all the clamoring that Phil Kessel deserved the Conn Smythe Trophy, it turns out he was incredibly close to winning it. Kessel nearly took home the playoff MVP award that ultimately went to Sidney Crosby in one of the closest votes ever, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli. Eighteen..." June 16

  • Phil Kessel: ‘Good chance’ I bring Stanley Cup to Toronto

    Sportsnet "The next time Phil Kessel comes back to Toronto, he might bring his friend Stanley with him. “I probably will end up bringing it back there. Nothing for sure yet, nothing’s been decided, but I think there’s a good chance that’ll happen,” Kessel told Joey Vandetta on Sportsnet 590 The Fan..." June 15

  • Penguins GM Rutherford ‘surprised’ Kessel left off Team USA

    Sportsnet "Phil Kessel‘s World Cup exclusion caught his general manager off guard. The United States announced their full roster on Friday, leaving the talented sniper off their forward corps in favour of more defensive-minded players like Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim..." May 29

  • Sullivan: Kessel showing Penguins how badly he wants to win "When forward Phil Kessel was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, 2015, he didn't immediately envision making the Stanley Cup Final. But almost 11 months later, he'll take the ice for Game 1 of the Final against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center on..." May 29

  • Phil Kessel nearly speechless as he heads for first trip to Stanley Cup final

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Count Phil Kessel among the speechless after the Penguins’ Game 7 win Thursday night at Consol Energy Center. This Penguins winger whose career has taken off in these 2016 playoffs is going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. “I’m so thrilled,” a beaming Kessel said. “I, I, I don’t..." May 28

  • Kessel omitted from Team USA's World Cup roster

    The Score "USA hockey announced the additions of St. Louis Blues forward David Backes and Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk to their final 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey. Surprisingly, during a red-hot playoff run, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel was left off the list, even..." May 27

  • How Phil Kessel has thrived in Pittsburgh

    The Sports Quotient "From an individual standpoint, Phil Kessel was certainly not struggling in Toronto. The Boston Bruins traded Kessel to the Maple Leafs in 2009, and he quickly made an impact on the team: In the six seasons he spent there, he was the team's leading scorer every year and never missed a game. He..." May 25

  • Crosby: Kessel not fond of being in front of the camera "Before anyone can begin to understand Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel and all of his idiosyncrasies, one first has to realize the perception of him being a misunderstood star athlete is somewhat misguided. "He flourishes in not having to be the guy," former Toronto Maple Leafs coach..." May 20

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