After a lackluster series against the Capitals, Penguins winger Phil Kessel refused to talk to the media on move out d
This led to an unexpected bombshell. Mark Madden of 105.9 FM believes that after the lack of effort shown in the playoffs the Penguins are done with Kessel and want to ship him out this summer.
Kessel is apparently displeased with his usage on the third line. He wants to play with Evgeni Malkin on a consistent basis but coach Mike Sullivan has been adamant about using Kessel to balance three scoring lines.
pittsburgh media members loved to laugh at the way the toronto media ran phil kessel out of town, but are now doing the same thing after he helped the penguins win back to back stanley cups lol y’all goofy— ego (@EvgeniMaIkinEgo) May 23, 2018
It is unknown how much credibility is behind these rumors. Kessel has struggled with the media before. His tenure with the Maple Leafs was plagued by the Toronto media holding him under a microscope and tearing him apart.
Was Phil Kessel a major factor in why the Penguins won back-to-back Stanley Cups? Yes. Did he look a bit “off” at times during this past postseason? Yes. Is it valid to wonder why and if he was playing hurt? Yes. Does anything that’s happened with him warrant trading him? No.— Mike J. Asti (@MikeAsti11) May 24, 2018
That was seemingly in the past after Kessel helped lead the Penguins to two cups but all it takes is one lackluster series and an absence on media day to turn everyone against you apparently.
Kessel could be traded and Madden could be proven right, but we'll believe it when we see it.