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Pension Plan Puppets Jul 3, 2015

Phil Kessel is Too Good for All of Us

It was Marc Savard's empty phrase, but it may be the most accurate sentence written about Phil Kessel over the last six years: He's a nice guy. Tries hard. Loves the game. When a 22 year old Phil Kessel came to Toronto, he was traded for uncertain picks - we knew the round, not the number. The Leafs, who finished dead last in the league in goals against the year prior, never addressed their goaltending needs. Phil Kessel bore the flak for years, as if he negotiated the trade, as if he posed a season's worth of .896 goaltending. He bought Burke more time than he deserved by masking the...
Toronto Star Jul 3, 2015
Leafs trade of Phil Kessel will determine Penguins GM’s legacy: View from Pittsburgh

Leafs trade of Phil Kessel will determine Penguins GM’s legacy: View from Pittsburgh

The unspoken truth is that Wednesday’s trade will live or die on what Rutherford’s more conspicuous superstars demand of Kessel, if anything.
Pension Plan Puppets Jul 3, 2015

The Phil Kessel Trade Playlist

Allow us to provide you with a soundtrack for your heartbreak. I cannot put into words the feelings of loss I am experiencing in the wake of the Phil Kessel trade. But luckily, a lot of others have. I present to you the perfectly (poorly) curated Phil Kessel Trade Playlist: You'll need some tissues for crying and a picture of Phil as you take a bittersweet trip down memory lane. And for the piece de resistance: And there he goes, so perfectly,The kind of flawless I wish I could be[Sidney Crosby] better hold him tight, give him all [his] loveLook in those beautiful eyes and know...

Mirtle: With Kessel gone, biggest question for Leafs is who’s next?

With Phil Kessel traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins, expect more deals from Toronto as the organization pushes to become a younger team and build through the draft to become a contender, a process that may take a while
Pension Plan Puppets Jul 2, 2015

Dealing With The Phil Kessel Trade

Let's try to breathe deeply and look as objectively as possible at what transpired yesterday. To Toronto To Pittsburgh Kasperi Kapanen Scott Harrington Nick Spaling 2016 1st* 2016 3rd* $1.25M x 7 years retained salary Phil Kessel Tyler Biggs Tim Erixon 2016 2nd* At this point, there isn't much point in defending what was unquestionably a stupid trade, but having said that, the Leafs didn't walk away from the deal with nothing, either. This isn't a Rask trade disaster, so let's take a look at the bad and good of the deal and just try to take deep breaths. I promise to do my...
Toronto Sun Jul 2, 2015
Don Cherry gives Leafs' Kessel trade his approval

Don Cherry gives Leafs' Kessel trade his approval

Don Cherry has weighed in on the departure of Phil Kessel.
PensBurgh Jul 2, 2015

Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh, City of No Tomorrow

The Penguins traded for Phil Kessel, the future be damned. The Penguins have made a high-profile trade for a star NHL player. They'll pay him a lot of money. It's Groundhog's Day in Pittsburgh. Groundhog's Day, because we've seen this sort of thing before. Because we'll figure out the payment when the bill comes due. But more than anything, because this is the deal that really bakes the mold on the Penguins as a franchise for which tomorrow never comes. So much of what got the former management team fired last summer was their constant mortgaging of future talent and present depth in the...

Phil Kessel's trade to Penguins highlights first day of NHL's free agency

NHL general managers were relatively restrained on the first day of free agency, favoring strategic signings over the throw-money-at-the-problem moves that previously trapped many of them in salary-cap purgatory.
Toronto Sun Jul 1, 2015
Kessel will do better in Pittsburgh out of the spotlight [Video]

Kessel will do better in Pittsburgh out of the spotlight [Video]

If and when Phil Kessel steps on to the podium during the league’s annual awards show in Las Vegas 51 weeks from now to accept the Rocket Richard Trophy as the NHL’s top goal scorer, please don’t start whining: “Why did the Leafs trade him?”
National Post Jul 1, 2015
Phil Kessel traded from rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs to Pittsburgh Penguins for picks, prospects

Phil Kessel traded from rebuilding Toronto Maple Leafs to Pittsburgh Penguins for picks, prospects

Kessel had 25 goals and 36 assists last season. It was the first time he failed to reach 30 goals in a full season with the Leafs
National Post Jul 1, 2015
Toronto Maple Leafs trump free-agency day by dealing Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh Penguins

Toronto Maple Leafs trump free-agency day by dealing Phil Kessel to Pittsburgh Penguins

The Toronto Maple Leafs finally found Phil Kessel a centre. Well, two of them, actually
National Post Jul 1, 2015
How trading Phil Kessel marks the true start of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ rebuilding process

How trading Phil Kessel marks the true start of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ rebuilding process

Until this day, the teardown and rebuild of the Toronto Maple Leafs was still just a theory and a dream (or a nightmare, depending on your worldview)
Toronto Star Jul 1, 2015
Phil Kessel trade gives Maple Leafs picks, assets for rebuild

Phil Kessel trade gives Maple Leafs picks, assets for rebuild

“This is really about a recognition on our part that the group we assembled here wasn’t good enough,” said Leafs president Brendan Shanahan after Wednesday’s big trade.

Extras on Kessel trade

You’ll read more in Thursday’s Trib about the deal that landed Phil Kessel, but I thought I’d use this space to add some extras that didn’t make the print version, most notably the fact that Kessel was target No. 1 for …

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