Phil Kessel RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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 "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 "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" "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

  • Is Phil Kessel the best player on a Canadian NHL team?

    Toronto Star "Phil Kessel might have done something more than score the winning goal for the Leafs in the club’s overtime win against Colorado Tuesday night. He might have just helped make his case for being the best player on a Canadian-based NHL team. Kessel, ever since he came to Toronto five years ago..." October 16

  • Kessel stealing the Olympic stage "Not much has changed for Phil Kessel, other than the fact that he's stealing the Olympic hockey stage. "No difference at all," chirped U.S. roommate and linemate James van Riemsdyk. "It's still the same cranky Phil." An endlessly static personality, Kessel continued his 2014 domination on..." February 17

  • Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel wins George Gross Award for 2013

    Toronto Sun "He is a reluctant superstar, shy to engage with a public thirsting for the next hockey player worthy of worship on its beloved Maple Leafs. But through one unforgettable two-week stretch this past May, Phil Kessel flirted with delivering so much to a fan base used to so little. It was No. 81..." December 26

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    Jonas Siegel @jonasTSN1050

    Carlyle says Kessel will play tonight. Colton Orr will not. Orr is dealing with an elbow issue.

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    Toronto Maple Leafs @MapleLeafs

    Carlyle: Kessel will play tonight. Bozak out indefinitely with an oblique strain. Orr out with an elbow injury #TMLtalk

  • Phil Kessel doubtful against Dallas Stars?

    Toronto Star "The Maple Leafs injury woes — already bad — may have gotten worse with star winger Phil Kessel leaving practice early Wednesday, raising fears he might not be able to play Thursday against Dallas. Kessel told coach Randy Carlyle he wasn’t feeling right, that he tweaked something, and left for the..." December 04

  • Leafs' Bozak having MRI; Kessel leaves practice early "Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle wasn't giving specifics about Tyler Bozak's upper-body injury suffered Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks, but said that the team's No. 1 centre will have an MRI to determine its severity. Bozak left the bench and went down the tunnel early in the..." December 04

  • Kessel kin not coming soon

    Toronto Sun "Though Phil Kessel would like to have younger brother Blake in the Leafs organization, it doesn't appear that will happen, at least this season. Blake worked out informally with Phil and other home-sticking Leafs this past summer and his name has popped up with the Orlando Solar Bears, the East..." December 01

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Phil Kessel says he's in the #leafs lineup tonight.

  • Kessel out with flu, Bozak nears return

    The Globe and Mail "It’s not another significant injury, but there was another missing body at practice on Monday for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have had only two forwards play all 20 games this season – Phil Kessel and Mason Raymond – and one member of that pair was absent at practice on Monday, which is..." November 18

  • Leafs’ Kessel one-man wrecking crew against Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke hasn’t taken to sowing his gloats about Phil Kessel. Burke took huge grief when he got Kessel from the Boston Bruins and gave up two first-round draft picks. Boston took forward Tyler Seguin and defenceman Dougie Hamilton in back-to-back..." October 30

  • Leafs' Phil Kessel leads Leafs over Oilers 4-0

    Toronto Sun "Now that Phil Kessel is second in NHL scoring with 18 points, should league leader Sidney Crosby start sweating a little bit? “Not at all,” replied the Leafs sniper, who trails Sid The Kid by two. “I didn’t even have an idea I was (up that high).” You can bet that Maple Leafs general manager..." October 30

  • Stamkos, Kessel and Kesler named 'Three Stars' of the week "Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos, Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Phil Kessel and Vancouver Canucks center Ryan Kesler have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Oct. 27. FIRST STAR – STEVEN STAMKOS, C, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING Stamkos tied for the League lead with seven..." October 28

  • Phaneuf just as impressive as Kessel in Leafs win

    Toronto Sun "Phil Kessel had the hat trick but consider Dion Phaneuf’s trilogy a pretty good night at the office. One a game-high six hits a couple delivered on the Anaheim Ducks’ biggest or most productive forwards. Two a goal to pull the Leafs even 2-2 his second of the season jumping into the play and..." October 23

  • Kessel hat trick leads Maple Leafs over Ducks 4-2

    Toronto Sun "Let the David Clarkson era begin. And not a moment too soon? Not quite. When Clarkson finally becomes a Maple Leaf for real on Friday night in Columbus his 10-game suspension for leaving the bench to take part in a meaningless brawl in a meaningless pre-season game over he will join a club..." October 23

  • Anyone seen Leafs' Kessel recently?

    Toronto Sun "A former NHLer dropped by the Maple Leafs practice on Friday and was asked for his opinion about the way the blue and white has played so far this season. “Well they’re winning” he said. “But let me ask you something. Did Phil Kessel play the last two games? When told that Kessel had indeed..." October 19

  • Kessel, Leafs discussing huge contract extension "Phil Kessel’s wish may still come true. has learned that negotiations on a contract extension between the star winger’s agent and the Toronto Maple Leafs were taking place ahead of Tuesday’s regular season opener in Montreal. With the player unwilling to engage in talks once the..." October 01

  • Kessel extension to be announced Tuesday "Phil Kessel's future in Toronto is expected to be secured on Tuesday. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that a contract extension between Kessel and the Toronto Maple Leafs should be completed Tuesday. The deal is believed to be an eight-year deal worth approximately $8 million per..." October 01

  • Kessel signs eight-year contract extension with Leafs "Phil Kessel's future in Toronto was secured on Tuesday. The 25-year-old winger officially signed an eight-year contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal is believed to be worth an average annual value of $8 million and is believed to include a limited no-trade clause. "I..." October 01

  • Leafs' Kessel suspended for rest of pre-season "The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel for the rest of the pre-season (three games) following a stick-swinging incident Sunday night against the Buffalo Sabres. Kessel was at the centre of a melee in the third period when Sabres enforcer John Scott attempted to engage the..." September 25

  • Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel suspended for last three pre-season games

    Toronto Sun "To follow the fallout from the Leafs-Sabres suspension story required some suspension of disbelief. In short David Clarkson is now playing but soon won’t be Phil Kessel can’t play but soon will and Buffalo coach Ron Rolston is a little lighter in his wallet for a line change with a costly..." September 25

  • Kessel: See what you would do against a player like Scott "A day after the NHL's announcement that he was suspended for the remainder of the pre-season Toronto Maple Leaf forward Phil Kessel finally spoke about his slashing incident with John Scott saying that - in retrospect - his second slash on the Buffalo Sabres forward was "uncalled..." September 25

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    Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

    #Leafs' Phil Kessel has phone hearing with Brendan Shanahan this afternoon. His slashes on John Scott are being looked at.

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Phil Kessel says he's looking for a long-term extension on his next deal. "I want to be somewhere for a long period of time."

  • Can The Leafs Afford To Re-Sign Phil Kessel And Dion Phaneuf?

    Editor In Leaf "The NHL’s salary cap is in a constant state of flux. Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman reported a little over a week ago that the cap could rise to $80-million in four years. In this hfboards thread Globe and Mail hockey reporter James Mirtle projects the cap to be around $70-million in..." August 31

  • Kessel doesn’t want to negotiate during season "Phil Kessel doesn’t expect to sign a contract extension with the Toronto Maple Leafs any time soon. The Leafs forward told reporters at the U.S. Olympic Camp Tuesday that he has not discussed a new contract with the team and he does not want to negotiate during the season. Kessel 25 is in..." August 28

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    Chris Johnston @reporterchris

    Phil Kessel says the #leafs haven't talked about a contract extension with his camp. He doesn't want to negotiate during the season.

  • Kessel, Phaneuf extensions not on ‘front burner’ for Leafs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Recently re-signed Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has already made his mark on the team in his first seven months on the job but his biggest test is still ahead of him. The Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf a defenseman who logged 25:10 minutes per game in 2013 has just one year left on his..." July 26

  • Leafs' Kadri and Kessel not concerned about contract status "With the NHL's offseason nearly half over Nazem Kadri is still confident that he'll be re-signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs before the start of training camp. Speaking to reporters at the Canadian Open Pro-Am in Oakville Ontario on Wednesday the restricted free agent forward said that while..." July 25

  • Leafs could trade Phil Kessel while value is high

    Hamilton Spectator "If you're any kind of fan, maybe you'll never get over it. It was a little more than three weeks ago that the Maple Leafs were seconds away from ousting the Boston Bruins from the NHL playoffs. Now that the Bruins are a game removed from sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins for a berth in the Stanley..." June 07

  • Thank you, Kessel indeed

    Toronto Star "There is no Klassic Kessel goal. Not the peerless one-timer of an Alex Ovechkin. Not the quintessential wrister of an Evgeni Malkin or Sidney Crosby. Not the sublime backhander of a Mats Sundin. Certainly not the rocket of a Zdeno Chara. But give the Leaf sniper just a sliver of open space to..." May 06

  • Kessel Quiets TD Garden Crowd, Reminds Bruins Importance of Slowing Down Toronto Forward

    NESN "The Phil Kessel storyline is one that’s not going away anytime soon in the first-round series between the Maple Leafs and Bruins, especially after Saturday’s Game 2. The former Bruins forward, who has had more than his share of misery against his old team, went a long way in erasing any of..." May 05

  • Phil Kessel shakes off traditional welcome

    Boston Herald "The first time Phil Kessel touched the puck Wednesday, he heard the noise. Over 17,000 fans at the Garden booed the former Bruin mercifully as he collected the puck right above the left faceoff circle. That was only 1:43 into Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals and the night didn’t..." May 03

  • Maple Leaf’s Phil Kessel must ditch the stage fright

    Toronto Star "You know that wind-burning burst of speed that Phil Kessel can turn on when flying up the ice? Whoosh and he’s away. He’s even faster on dry land. The Leaf sniper, possibly the most media-averse athlete in professional sports, left a horde of journalists eating his dust after practice on Monday,..." April 30

  • Leafs beat Rangers, Phil Kessel nets two

    Toronto Star "James Reimer is on a roll and making believers of the hockey world after beating a couple of future hall of famers in back-to-back games. Reimer stopped 31 of 34 shots to backstop the Maple Leafs to a 4-3 win over Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers, his first career win over that Original..." April 09

  • Spotlight fixed firmly on Leafs' Phaneuf and Kessel

    Toronto Sun "Somewhere deep in the manual of hockey cliches is buried the one decreeing that, for a team to have sustained success, its best players have to be the best on the ice most nights. If you’re willing to buy that, how do the Leafs measure up in that department? For the sake of the argument, we..." March 11

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