PHIL KESSEL RUMORS & GOSSIP

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By Larry Snyder The Pittsburgh Penguins reported Monday goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is still dealing with concussion symptoms. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound netminder from Sorel Quebec told Michelle Crechiolo on the team’s website, “It’s one of the toughest things I’ve been through. It’s some good days (where) you think you’re back. And some bad days (where) you think it...
Via The PensNation
3 days ago  |  Discuss

At ease in Pittsburgh, Kessel making impact for Penguins

PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel speaks in a polite whisper, as if he's worried talking too loudly might inadvertently attract the spotlight and well, he doesn't want that. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward dealt with it plenty during six bumpy seasons in Toronto, where he served as the flashpoint for an underachieving franchise no matter how many goals he scored or All-Star teams he...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Phil Kessel Still Considered a Bust in Pittsburgh?

The 2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins are clearly a different team from just one year ago. In fact, they’re a much different team than just six months ago and a big part of their turnaround is one of the most criticized players in hockey, Phil Kessel. We all know the reputation Kessel carried during his eight-year stint in Toronto. He’s a lazy, out-of-shape locker room killer that’s...
Via The Hockey Writers
4 days ago

Phil Kessel voted most overrated in new NHL players poll

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 category. Kessel received 29 percent of the vote, with Montreal Canadiens...
Via NESN.com
March 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Is Phil Kessel the Pittsburgh Penguins playoff weapon?

For the past three seasons, the Pittsburgh Penguins have seen their playoff hopes flame out because of an offense that could not light up the scoreboard. When teams are able to focus on Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, the rest of the Penguins’ depth has struggled to break through. But with another star forward in their ranks, can Pittsburgh keep their offense rolling even when...
Via isportsweb.com
March 28, 2016  |  Discuss

Penguins GM is pleased with Phil Kessel’s play

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford expected Phil Kessel to score 30 goals this season, but overall he is happy with the forward’s play. Penguins fans might disagree. The GM paid a premium price – prospect Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling, plus a first and third round pick – for the sniper, who was expected to flourish playing with elite centers...
Via Puck Drunk Love
March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Stat you can’t run from: Phil Kessel has scored in just 16 of 68 games this season

Here’s the the thing no one wants to say. Phil Kessel has been a total mess this season. Based on pure hype, we thought Kessel would score 50 goals. Right or wrong. Fair or not. DOES NOT MATTER. 40 goals were no question. 30 goals easy. 25….umm hopefully. Stat of the year for us is this: Phil Kessel has scored a goal in just 16 games all season long: Penguins 13-3 when Kessel...
Via The Pensblog
March 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Phil Kessel has shed 13 pounds this summer

Phil Kessel was constantly criticized during his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs for his conditioning. Despite the fact he was consistently one of the best scorers in the NHL, Maple Leafs fans thought Kessel could afford to drop a few pounds. All of this scrutiny eventually led to Kessel parting ways with the Leafs and now he’s starting a new chapter with the Pittsburgh Penguins...
Via Puck Drunk Love
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto column after trade details Kessel's love of hot dogs

Is it too late to nominate a late entry to the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eat contest this weekend? Because Phil Kessel seems like a worthy contender. The polarizing forward was traded Wednesday from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins in what was the biggest move of one of the NHL’s busiest days of the year. Thus ends Kessel’s contentious time in Toronto where he and...
Via NESN.com
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Maple Leafs aim to trade Phil Kessel before the draft

By David Rogers 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 draft. Via The Star: In particular, there’s a widespread belief, as first...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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