Phil Kessel RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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.ca "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.ca "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.ca "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.ca "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.ca "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

    TSN.ca "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

    TSN.ca "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

    Sportsnet.ca "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

    TSN.ca "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

  • Leafs' Kessel has giant shadow in Chara

    Toronto Sun "Come Thursday night when the Maple Leafs roll into Boston, you can bet gleeful Bruins fans will break into familiar chants of “Thank You Kessel,” Beantown’s unofficial No. 1 hit. With the Bruins having used two of the three draft picks from the Phil Kessel trade to select stud forward Tyler..." March 07

  • Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel wants to finish his career in Toronto, his agent says

    Toronto Star "Phil Kessel wants to be a Maple Leaf for life. So says his agent, Wade Arnott, who went on Toronto radio Wednesday to say so. “Phil (Kessel) is still a really young man,” Arnott told the SportsNet Fan590. “He really enjoys living in Toronto and playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “This young..." February 13

  • All eyes on Leafs' Kessel as trade rumours swirl

    The Globe and Mail "One player has six goals, tied for the lead on the team. The other has just one, getting his first in Game 11 on Thursday here in Winnipeg. But when the Toronto Maple Leafs’ wingers chat on the bench, Matt Frattin is the one taking advice from Phil Kessel on where to find openings to..." February 09

  • Why Phil Kessel is a keeper

    Toronto Sun "The Blizzard of 2013 couldn’t keep the Maple Leafs from arriving in Montreal from Winnipeg on Friday night, braving high winds and blinding snow in the process. Of course, if you are Phil Kessel, it must have seemed like a bright sunny mid-summer’s day, given the fact that he finally has hit..." February 09

  • Phil Kessel scores, Maple Leafs rally past Jets

    Toronto Star "It took 46 shots and most of 11 games this season. Heck, it had been more than 10 months since Phil Kessel had scored a goal in an NHL game. But Toronto’s long-languishing sniper finally reminded the hockey world why he has been considered among the game’s elite snipers for most of the past few..." February 08

  • Kessel's first of season lifts Leafs past Jets

    Toronto Sun "As a giddy Phil Kessel skated by the Maple Leafs bench high-fiving his teammates after finally scoring his first goal of the season, he looked up and locked eyes with Randy Carlyle. Upon further review, it’s hard to say who had the bigger grin. For Kessel, he had just shed a monkey the size..." February 08

  • Will Phil Kessel finally score his first goal tonight against Winnipeg?

    Arctic Ice Hockey "Six assists, a league-leading forty-two shots, zero goals. That is Phil Kessel's stat-line through the Toronto Maple Leafs' first ten regular season games. At the same junction point just one year ago, Kessel had already racked up ten of his career high thirty-seven goals -- with an additional..." February 07

  • Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel, in goal-less slump, gets advice

    Toronto Star "A struggling Alexander Ovechkin has some advice for Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel, who despite several chances couldn’t beat Capitals goalie Michael Neuvirth in the Leafs 3-2 win in Washington on Tuesday night. “I just wanna give him advice like don’t listen to nobody. Just play your game,” said..." February 06

  • Phil Kessel count down clock

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "Last year Habs fans had a bit of fun at the expense of Scott Gomez, running a count up clock to the one year mark that he went without a goal. Yearly 30 goal a year player and star player of the Toronto Maple Leafs Phil Kessel is hilariously nearing a year without a goal himself. The Leafs have..." February 04

  • Bruins GM: Don't judge Brian Burke's Maple Leafs tenure on Phil Kessel trade

    Toronto Sun "Brian Burke's legacy as Maple Leafs general manager should not be judged solely on the Phil Kessel trade. So says Peter Chiarelli, the man who traded Phil the Thrill to Toronto in the first place. With his team being referred to as the "Boston Maple Leafs" because of the number of key..." February 03

  • Maple Leafs must keep first pick, deal Phil Kessel

    Toronto Star "There's only one untouchable on the Maple Leafs. The man with no name. Not Clint Eastwood, or his empty chair. The 2013 first-round draft choice. It is to be protected, retained and cherished, although other teams covet it and have already started suggesting it should be included in..." January 28

  • Kessel wants wins before points

    Toronto Sun "Phil Kessel has the most points by any Maple Leaf in 13 years. "Doesn't matter," the frustrated winger said after the Leafs lost 6-5 against the Buffalo Sabres in overtime at the First Niagara Center. "Look where we're finishing. If you don't get it done in the win column, it doesn't matter...." April 04

  • Kessel's battles will determine relationship with Carlyle

    Toronto Sun "Randy Carlyle is all about getting to know the Maple Leafs before the regular season ends, and the Toronto coach should know plenty about Phil Kessel by the time Easter weekend passes. With his running mate, Joffrey Lupul, probably finished with a shoulder injury, the attention that Kessel has..." March 18

  • Toronto Maple Leafs need to turn page on Phil Kessel

    Toronto Star "Brian Burke has already had to make one terrible choice, jettisoning his friend of 39 years as the head coach of Canada's most scrutinized hockey team. An even more terrible choice — at least in hockey terms — is looming. Very soon after arriving as saviour of the Maple Leafs, the "Pope" to..." March 15