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National Post Mar 27, 2015

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel, David Booth fight during practice

The Toronto Maple Leafs' 2014-5 season has been short on wins and long on acrimony
Pension Plan Puppets Mar 27, 2015

Phil Kessel vs David Booth: Literally

This ins't a statistical comparison. Kessel and Booth got into it today at practice during a special teams drill Teammates often disagree at practice, but today Phil Kessel and David Booth got into a bit of a tussle at practice. It appears to have began during a drill involving powerplay and penalty kill units. Practice fight: Booth-Kessel going at it ... wow — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 27, 2015 Booth-Kessel go at it in practice... no punches but lots of pushing — Mark Masters (@markhmasters) March 27, 2015 Teammates had to separate Kessel-Booth... was during...

Kessel, Booth tussle at practice

Frustrations boiled over at Maple Leafs practice on Friday at the MasterCard Centre. Forwards Phil Kessel and David Booth tangled along the boards during a power-play drill, grasping each other in a bear hug until teammates moved in to break them up before punches could be thrown. Given the way the Leafs’ regular season has […]
Pension Plan Puppets Mar 21, 2015

[Saturday FTB]: You're lost.

Soshnikov signs; Kessel whines; Harburglar to dine? If you think the Leafs aren't trying "you're lost." That's according to Phil Kessel in a scrum yesterday. As you can imagine, this blew up into a whole big thing. Kessel: 'We're giving a full effort'Crank-of-the-season, Jonas Siegel, highlights how Horachek and Kessel have competing messages. Toronto Maple Leafs’ dressing room ‘pretty screwed up'An anonymous Leaf said "You’d think things would change. No one notices what’s going on here." Who was it? Apparently someone from the bottom 6 who thinks the top 6 stopped caring, and so...
Hockey Wilderness Mar 15, 2015

Trading Your Problems: The Wild's Acquisition of Jared Knight

The Wild may be Jared Knight's last chance to make the NHL. At the trade deadline, the Wild and the Bruins swapped failed prospects that were assets acquired as draft picks in trades for large franchise players. One of the picks that Minnesota received as part of the Brent Burns trade was used on Zack Phillips; similarly, the Bruins used a pick from the Phil Kessel trade for Jared Knight. Phillips was supposed to be a top line skill player, but only scored 7 goals and assists in his 49 games with Iowa this year. Knight joined the Iowa Wild with only 1 goal and 2 assists in 36 games with the...
Nucks Misconduct Mar 14, 2015

GAME DAY: Canucks vs Leafs

They should be insured a sellout thanks to the paperbag-wearin' legion of fans that will invade Rogers Arena as Her Majesty's 67th Tank Battalion take on the Canucks tonight. Time 4:00 PM PST TV CBC H2H Last 5 1-0 Leafs Last Meeting 5-2 Leafs Dec 6/14 The Enemy Pension Plan Puppets Scoring Leaders H. Sedin: 15-45-60 Kessel: 23-29-52 Canucks CATEGORY Leafs 38-25-4 SEASON RECORD 27-35-6 80 Points 60 6th Conference Position 14th Lost 1 Streak Won 1 2.76 (15) Goals For Per 60 (GF60) 2.64 (20) 2.70 (21) Goals Against Per 60 (GA60) 3.12 (25) 17.6...
Pension Plan Puppets Mar 10, 2015

Exploring whether Phil Kessel fades down the stretch: Part 1 (individual offense)

A statistical look at whether Kessel's offensive play noticeably drops off as the season nears its end. As Leafs fans, we are all used to collapses. In three of the last four seasons, the Leafs have been defined by a collapse of some kind. A byproduct of this is the notion that many of the Leafs players are prone to faltering down the stretch of a season. This leads to criticism of the players for failing to maintain production throughout the season. A lot of these criticisms, fairly or unfairly, have landed at the feet of Phil Kessel (it wasn’t that long ago that writers called him Mr....
Toronto Sun Mar 7, 2015
Who will be the first Leaf to fall: Kessel or Phaneuf?

Who will be the first Leaf to fall: Kessel or Phaneuf?

Who goes first amongst the brothers in arms: Phil Kessel or his friend, Dion Phaneuf?
Pension Plan Puppets Mar 7, 2015

[Saturday FTB] - Will The Leafs Blue Themselves?

Your Saturday morning links and news from around the hockeyverse Leafs News Jokinen: Toronto would be 'a great place to play'"You've got breakfast, lunch -- hot breakfast, hot lunch -- every day, meals after the game. Everything is top notch. You go to the rink and you've got cold tubs, hot tubs, saunas -- it's not those metal ones, you know? They're built-in ones." Jokinen did not apparently comment on the quality of the Leafs toasters. Maple Leafs return home to some normalcy Phil Kessel was back to his subdued self, Dion Phaneuf repeated that he and his teammates put themselves in this...
Toronto Sun Mar 4, 2015
Kessel's rant also targets Leafs brass

Kessel's rant also targets Leafs brass

Lost amid the gust of hot air Phil Kessel fired at the media on Tuesday morning was a shot at a group far more influential in his rich man's life than those critical of a 27th placed team in the NHL.
National Post Mar 4, 2015

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf appreciates Phil Kessel’s defence of him: ‘It means a lot that Phil said that’

Phaneuf said he was unaware that Kessel was planning to say anything about him. But that it illustrated just how much the players care for one another

Kessel’s passion needs to be shown on the ice

Let the Maple Leafs — or in this case, Phil Kessel — take their frustrations out on the media. Fine. We should remember what the players almost always say when they’re asked about which way management should go via trades, free agency, other moves, etc. “The players just play,” usually is the answer, or some […]

PHIL KESSEL: Leave Dion Phaneuf alone

TWITTER: @GeorgeRichards Those who thought the Toronto Maple Leafs may go quietly into the good night after the trading deadline passed were in for a little surprise Tuesday. Phil Kessel, he of many trade rumors himself, stood in front of...
National Post Mar 3, 2015

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel sounds off on media over treatment of Dion Phaneuf: ‘It’s embarrassing’

Phil Kessel launched into a lengthy rant defending the Leafs captain, who he said is “owed an apology” by certain members of the media

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