Phil Kessel RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Phil Kessel voted most overrated in new NHL players poll

    NESN "Phil Kessel is a great player, there’s no doubting that, but getting some respect from his peers hasn’t been so easy. The Pittsburgh Penguins right winger was voted as the NHL’s most overrated player, according to Postmedia’s latest players poll. It’s not the first time he’s been No. 1 in this..." March 29

  • Parise, Elliott, Kessel named NHL’s three stars of the week "Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, St. Louis Blues goaltender Brian Elliott and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 27." March 28

  • Penguins' Sullivan says Kessel's last 2 games 'his best since I've been here'

    The Score "It's just two games but it appears Phil Kessel is finally playing like the All-Star the Pittsburgh Penguins were hoping for when they acquired him in July. After exploding with a goal and four assists during Saturday's 7-2 rout over the Detroit Red Wings, the 28-year-old responded with another..." March 28

  • Penguins GM expected 30 goals from Phil Kessel

    Sportsnet "Here’s a quick and easy way to make Sportsnet’s hockey pundits look foolish: Flip back to our 2015-16 season predictions, specifically the guesstimates made under the subhead “Kessel Goal Total.” On average, the hockey minds here had Phil Kessel putting up 41 goals in his first season as a..." March 22

  • Kessel says Phaneuf misunderstood by Toronto media, fans

    Toronto Sun "Turns out Phil Kessel has more in common with his former captain, Dion Phaneuf, than merely being sent out of town by the rebuilding Maple Leafs. The talented winger, who was dealt to the Penguins last summer as the Brendan Shanahan purge got serious, says Phaneuf got an undeserved rough ride..." March 02

  • 'Phil's done OK': Penguins GM wants more from Kessel

    The Score "The early reviews are in: Phil Kessel has been just "OK" in Pittsburgh. This according to Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, who this past offseason pulled the trigger on a trade with the Maple Leafs that sent Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling, and conditional first- and..." February 17

  • Penguins' Kessel trying to find right fit

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Phil Kessel spent much of this past week in search of that which fit him best. Namely, skates, but also linemates. After a Dec. 15 practice in which Penguins coach Mike Sullivan experimented with line combinations for the first time, Kessel sat down on a bench in the locker room and..." December 23

  • Leafs plan … nothing for Kessel’s Toronto return

    Pro Hockey Talk "The best thing about teams generating tribute videos to returning former players isn’t the music. It’s not about the great highlights, either. Really, the greatest thing is when those token gestures don’t happen. Keep in mind this is by no means official, and the Toronto Maple Leafs could..." October 31

  • Kessel a 'welcome surprise' in Pittsburgh

    TSN "Over his six seasons with the Maple Leafs, Phil Kessel developed a bit of a reputation amongst his teammates. When it came to table tennis, golf, cards or any other off-ice competition, Kessel, they would say, was not only the best or close to it, but completely driven to win. He’d let them..." October 19

  • Penguins' Kessel focused on winning, not revenge "Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel said there's no animosity from him toward the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, Kessel did say he wouldn't mind defeating the team that traded him to Pittsburgh on July 1 when the Penguins play the Maple Leafs on Saturday at Consol Energy Center (7 p.m. ET;..." October 17

  • 'I have absolutely no concerns': Penguins' GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel's so-called issues

    Toronto Sun "The soup, we assume, was not sour. Phil Kessel certainly wasn’t. And, for Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford, that was the most important thing. Shortly after the blockbuster July trade that sent Kessel from the Leafs to Pittsburgh, the enigmatic winger went out for lunch with..." September 17

  • Phil Kessel: Pittsburgh a more relaxed environment than Toronto

    Sportsnet "We all know Phil Kessel shies away from the spotlight, but the Pittsburgh Penguins winger took a few minutes to speak with media after a team skate Thursday. Kessel is entering his 10th NHL season and his first with the Penguins after a July 1 trade from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 27-year-old..." September 11

  • How will the Leafs replace Kessel’s goals?

    TSN "Even when Mike Babcock is on vacation, he isn’t really on vacation. In August, Babcock said he frequently jots down line combinations on a napkin. Those napkins may, or may not, be soaked in the sweat of a cold beverage. He also likes to project goal totals from each individual player for..." September 09

  • Happy now? Kessel dropped 13 lbs. this summer

    Pro Hockey Talk "It remains to be seen if Phil Kessel can silence his critics with the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he’s doing his part to put work ethic murmurs to bed. Despite making scores of defensemen look foolish (and sometimes winded) with his immensely underrated foot-speed, people have railed on the sniper..." September 05

  • Ron Wilson sees Kessel scoring 40 goals for Penguins "Former NHL coach Ron Wilson predicts a big season ahead for Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel no matter who centers his line in 2015-16. In fact, Wilson said Kessel could establish a career high with 40 goals his first season in Pittsburgh. He should know. Wilson coached Kessel for..." July 13

  • Crosby on Kessel: 'He seems like he's excited'

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sidney Crosby knows his team struggled to score goals last season. Newly acquired Phil Kessel is coming off a down campaign too for that matter, but the 27-year-old forward’s goal scoring prowess is well documented, especially after he averaged 30 goals per season during his six campaigns in..." July 10

  • Armstrong: Playing with Phil Kessel ‘frustrating’

    Sportsnet "Colby Armstrong acknowledges that playing with Phil Kessel was “frustrating” at times. Armstrong, who spent two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, joined Prime Time Sports on Wednesday to discuss what it was like playing alongside his former teammate. “I just felt with Phil, he was looked..." July 09

  • Kessel on moving on from Toronto: 'It's a different world there'

    Pro Hockey Talk "After six seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Phil Kessel is looking forward to a fresh start. The 27-year-old was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins as part of a multi-player trade on Wednesday. Kessel appeared in 446 regular season games with the Leafs scoring 181 goals and 394 points. “It..." July 02

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    Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC

    As a @RealKyper reported, Kessel to PIT for Kapanen, Harrington and a pick

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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    Hearing that Leafs circled back to Calgary today on Kessel trade talk but don't see a fit right now....

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    Nick Kypreos @RealKyper

    Hearing talks btw #Leafs and #Pens heating up again on Kessel. Told trade could happen as early as today. #signingseason

  • Maple Leafs trade Phil Kessel to Penguins

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Phil Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins. In return Toronto gets centre Nick Spaling, forward Kasperi Kapanen, defenceman Scott Harrington, plus first- and third-round picks from 2016. The Leafs are also sending forward Tyler Biggs, defenceman Tim Erixon and..." July 01

  • Phil Kessel owed $4 million bonus on July 1

    ESPN "Two sources confirmed to on Tuesday that Phil Kessel has a $4 million signing bonus, payable Wednesday. You have to imagine that while the Toronto Maple Leafs would have loved to have traded him before that money was paid, they also know the best trade offer for him most likely will come..." June 30

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    Andy Strickland @andystrickland

    Toronto #mapleleafs have told at least one team they're willing to retain $2 million of Phil Kessel's salary

  • Shanahan: Trade discussions initiated at draft

    Sportsnet "One of the main storylines heading into the 2015 NHL Draft revolved around whether or not the Toronto Maple Leafs would pull off a trade involving one of their core players. The Leafs made a number of minor deals Friday and Saturday, but nothing major materialized. From Brendan Shanahan’s..." June 29

  • Shanahan: Maple Leafs won't make 'knee-jerk' decision on Kessel; not ruling out return

    The Score "Phil Kessel endures. On the eve of Friday's NHL draft, Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said a decision to move Kessel won't be a "knee-jerk reaction," and that the team has not ruled out bringing the maligned sniper back next season. The five-time 30-goal man is receiving the..." June 26

  • Penguins targeting forwards including Maple Leafs' Kessel

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Penguins may shake the foundation of the NHL with a big move. After barely getting into the playoffs and losing to the New York Rangers in the first round of the postseason, the Penguins are looking to add offensive reinforcements and one name on their list of targets is Toronto..." June 25

  • Is the Maple Leafs’ asking price for Phil Kessel too high? Don’t be so sure

    The Hockey News "We knew Phil Kessel trade rumors would swirl like a hurricane leading up to next week’s NHL draft. We also knew it would be complicated for the Leafs to pull off a deal. Kessel, after all, carries an $8-million cap hit, a reputation for questionable fitness and defensive play and an ugly stat..." June 23

  • Leafs would take a contract back in a Kessel trade

    Pro Hockey Talk "There’s more than one way to grease the wheels for a big trade. When it comes to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Phil Kessel, all sorts of details have been seeping through. Will Toronto need to retain some of his salary to make a move? Might Kessel block a trade that doesn’t suit his interests?..." June 22

  • The Maple Leafs' asking price for Phil Kessel is high, and it should be

    CBS Sports "This might finally be the year that the Toronto Maple Leafs actually go through with a Phil Kessel trade, and if it's going to happen this offseason it seems likely that it would go down at some point over the next week before the NHL draft kicks off next Friday night in Florida. And it seems..." June 20

  • How easy will a Kessel trade be for Leafs?

    TSN "Keep-em Kessel? How easy will it be for the Leafs to find a new home for Phil Kessel? TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie has outlined that the winger's no-trade clause allows for eight potential new destinations, but what's the likelihood of that list expanding? When asked about which of..." June 16

  • Phil Kessel wants to comeback to the Boston Bruins?

    Causeway Crowd "Tomorrow night, the Stanley Cup enters game six and the Chicago Blackhawks are poised to claim their third Cup in six years. So, with Chicago on the verge of becoming one of the hottest franchises in recent history, you figure that would be a hot topic in hockey? Nope. The biggest subject..." June 15

  • Report: Maple Leafs aim to trade Phil Kessel before the draft

    Puck Drunk Love "Trade rumors have hung over Phil Kessel’s head ever since the Toronto Maple Leafs started slumping through the 2014-15 season. Now that the 2015 Draft is approaching, these rumors are intensifying and the latest report indicates the club hopes to deal Kessel to a new club prior to the..." June 14

  • Should the Capitals try to trade for Phil Kessel?

    CSN Washington "If the Caps hope to trade for a top-line right wing before or during the NHL draft later this month – and the key word is hope – there’s a guy named Phil Kessel being dangled just north of the border. At 27, Kessel is in the prime of his career but is coming off his least productive season in..." June 10

  • Kessel's rant also targets Leafs brass

    Toronto Sun "Lost amid the gust of hot air Phil Kessel fired at the media on Tuesday morning was a shot at a group far more influential in his rich man's life than those critical of a 27th placed team in the NHL. It wasn't clear who the target was exactly, but take your pick of Brian Burke (the guy who..." March 04

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    Jameson C. Olive @JamesonCoop

    Phil Kessel: "I think the way the media treats Dion Phaneuf in this city is embarrassing." #TMLtalk #Leafs

  • Kessel: Media's treatment of Phaneuf is 'embarrassing'

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel stood up for captain Dion Phaneuf on Tuesday, telling reporters the defenseman is not to blame for the team's struggles. "It's not his fault," Kessel said Tuesday. "Why he does he get the blame?" Phaneuf and Kessel were not dealt by the club prior to..." March 03

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Teams are telling me the Maple Leafs are working hard to trade Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf today. #tvasports

  • Leafs ‘working hard’ to trade Kessel

    Sportsnet "Monday could end up being one of the busiest days in Toronto Maple Leafs history. With trade rumours swirling around team captain Dion Phaneuf, Renaud Levoie of TVA Sports reports the Maple Leafs are also “working hard” to trade Phil Kessel prior to the 3 p.m. ET deadline. The Maple Leafs..." March 02

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    Renaud Lavoie @renlavoietva

    Concerning Phil Kessel, his contract stipulates that he has a list of 8 teams where he would agree to be traded. #transaction2015

  • Phil Kessel has never been a good fit in Toronto

    USA Today "Flashy Guy Lafleur was born to play for the Montreal Canadiens. Steely-eyed Mark Messier had the ideal temperament to lead the New York Rangers. Unflappable Mats Sundin had the right stuff to be a Toronto Maple Leafs captain. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane seem perfect for the Chicago..." February 12

  • Phil Kessel's early exit from practice forgiven

    Toronto Sun "While Peter Horachek expects better things from Phil Kessel on Thursday against the New York Islanders, at least from the standpoint of effort, it was interesting to note the right winger maintained his usual habit of being one of the first off the ice after practice Wednesday. Almost every..." February 12

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    Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

    Phil Kessel not expected to speak to reporters today. Kessel on fourth line at practice today after being demoted last night.

  • Five potential trade destinations for Phil Kessel

    Sportsnet "Phil Kessel is an elite goal scorer. Phil Kessel is the best player on the Toronto Maple Leafs. Phil Kessel is a lightning rod for criticism and it’s rather unfair. As the Maple Leafs continue to spiral out of contention in the Eastern Conference, a reorganization of the team’s core group of..." January 23

  • Phil Kessel calls reporter 'an idiot' after Randy Carlyle firing

    USA Today "Times are tense in Toronto. After much speculation, the Maple Leafs fired head coach Randy Carlyle early Tuesday morning to stem the tide of a team that GM Dave Nonis says is “trending the wrong way.” Despite being fourth in the Atlantic Division and clinging to a wild-card Stanley Cup playoff..." January 06

  • Phil Kessel — the NHL’s angriest superstar — strikes again

    New York Post "Phil Kessel is on the Maple Leafs, because of course he is. In the ongoing saga that is the Toronto hockey franchise, Kessel is by far their best player, and is an utterly enigmatic personality. He is a cog in the wheel of a spinning hockey soap opera. He’s a young, single guy, living the life..." November 21

  • Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel on fans throwing jerseys to ice: "Classless"

    CBS Sports "The Toronto Maple Leafs have been getting it from all angles after their 9-2 loss on home ice to the Nashville Predators. The level of fan disgust is reaching explosive levels. Some fans didn't even wait until after the game to vent their frustration. In fact, one bright patron of Air Canada..." November 19

  • We need to talk about Phil Kessel needing to talk

    Yahoo! Sports "It was Summer 2013, in the bowels of the Washington Capitals’ practice facility in Arlington, Virginia. Phil Kessel was one of a few dozen NHL players attending U.S. Olympic development camp, meeting his coaches and his teammates before the Sochi Games. He also met the media, which is something..." November 18