Phil Kessel RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

    NHL.com "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

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