Like all parents of fully-grown children, Phil and Kathy Kessel have a bunch of crap cluttering their house that they need to get rid of. But unlike other parents of fully-grown children, their crap is the hockey net that their three standout children grew up shooting on:
The only value in the Steve Simmons column that everyone’s talking about this morning is the news that Phil Kessel eats a street hot dog every damn day. Personally, I think that’s funny and humanizing. Toronto’s troll-columnist-in-chief uses it as a fat joke, and exhibit A in the case for Kessel being run out of town.
With NHL free agency an hour old, the biggest move is a trade: the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired Phil Kessel from the Maple Leafs for...well, from the Leafs’ point of view, it’s not really about what they got in exchange. But let’s see anyway:
Phil Kessel and David Booth got into a shoving match during today's Maple Leafs' practice. The brouhaha didn't escalate to punches, however, and teammates separated the two players.
Here's a thing, by Cathal Kelly and about Phil Kessel and the importance of being nice to reporters, that a lot of people are talking about. You're a smart sports fan. I bet you have an opinion, too!
Phil Kessel is fed up with Toronto's hockey media and their poor treatment of Maple Leafs defenseman and captain Dion Phaneuf. Kessel defended his teammate in the locker room today, saying he was "disappointed" with the reception Phaneuf gets, "just in general."
Ron Wilson, a former Maple Leafs head coach replaced by Randy Carlyle—who was just fired today—went on the radio to call out Phil Kessel for being difficult to coach. A reporter later relayed this to Kessel. Kessel got angry.
Last night, Dallas's Antoine Roussel wiped an entire pane of glass with Phil Kessel's tumbling form. We love a good, clean hit that sends a player flying like someone messed with the sliders in a video game.
Let Team USA's photo day serve as your periodic reminder that Phil Kessel is part Ogre.
ESPN's rumor section is a place to find some of the more out-there trade possibilities, so we don't go in expecting everything prophesied to come true. We just kind of hope that when a blockbuster trade possibility is floated, the source is a real person.