Phil Kessel RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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 ESPN.com 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

  • 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

    TSN "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

    TSN "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

    NHL.com "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

    Sportsnet "Phil Kessel’s wish may still come true. Sportsnet.ca 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

    TSN "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

    TSN "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

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