Murica’s Next Top Model: Phil Kessel

Murica’s Next Top Model: Phil Kessel

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Phil Kessel

Earlier today we were gifted this most glamourous of shots. Wyatt Arndt has set the bar pretty high with his Kesselquin Romance series, but that’s no reason we can’t pile on. If you want to join the photochopping party, hack away at the picture above. Below is my “Phil Kessel is America” series, and a couple of bonus chops. If you’re feeling up to it throw yours in the comment section.

A slightly less ridiculous American Uniform

My Spirit Animal

Was there ever any doubt who the Greatest American Hero is?

Phil Kessel, Fuck Yeah!

And now a few leftovers

Breaking Bozak?

I’ve just always thought Phil Kessel resembles a Peanuts character

A commentary on the contract negotiation process?

Always badass.

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Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

Was anyone listening to Brady and Lang this morning???  Brady is skeptical that Phil wants to sign here long term and spend the next 8 years here.  Not sure I agree with that as I do think Phil enjoys playing (and living) in Toronto.  It does concern me though that he doesn't want to negotiate during the season and there's been no contact from the Leafs in terms of an extension.  If we start the season without Phil extending...and he doesn't want to negotiate while he's playing....that means shelving everything until after next season's playoffs and right before UFA (silly) season.  I'm not comfortable with that and I do think it will become a sideshow during the season if, in fact, that's how it plays out.

If Nonis can sign Lupul early like last season....he can sign Kessel fucking stat!!

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

I really don't give a rat's ass what kind of shape Kessel may or may not be in.  Dude is a scoring machine and his overall game is getting better every year.  

Phil can have all the cookies he wants.

.JVR.
.JVR.

Any word yet whether the Rookie Tournament games will be broadcast?

I know the replays have been played on Leafs TV after the games are over (10PM), but it'd be nice if they showed them live.

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

Greg Brady is not really with it. I feel for him; there's eff-all to talk about, but this is just stirring up controversy where there isn't any. 

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Phil Kessel wants to be a Maple Leaf for life

February 13, 2013

http://mapleleafshotstove.com/2013/02/13/phil-kessel-wants-to-be-a-maple-leaf-for-life/

The agent for Phil Kessel joined Greg Brady and Jim Lang to discuss the evolution of Kessel’s game, his mindset during the scoring drought and how the forward feels about playing in Toronto.

Said Wade Arnott:

“Phil (Kessel) is still a really young man,” Arnott told the SportsNet Fan590. “He really enjoys living in Toronto and playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

“This young man lives and breathes hockey. He was very excited to come here four years ago. I think if you asked Phil today, he’d love to finish his career here in Toronto. But it’s still young in his career right now.”

“Phil would like nothing more than to help the Maple Leafs make the playoffs. He wants to experience playoff hockey here in Toronto,” said Arnott. “That’s the first step to winning a potential Stanley Cup here in Toronto.

“He was very disappointed last year. They had a very good start to the season. They were in a playoff position at the turn of the calendar year and unfortunately the last third of the season didn’t go well.”

mcloki
mcloki

That's the song they should play after Phil scores.

C is for Cookie.

mcloki
mcloki

Bison nettle you magnificent bastard.

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@.JVR.

Leafs Rookie Tournament

The Toronto Maple Leafs will host the 2013 Rookie Tournament in London, Ontario.

This year, Maple Leafs’ prospects will compete in three games at Budweiser Gardens beginning Thursday, September 5 versus rookie teams from the Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks.

“The Maple Leafs are thrilled to return to a great hockey city like London for the annual Rookie Tournament,” said Leafs Senior Vice-President and General Manager David Nonis. “It’s a great opportunity for us to evaluate the players in our system against their peers from other NHL clubs.”

Toronto, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Chicago’s 2013 Rookie Tournament rosters will be announced at a later date.

http://www.rogerstv.com/page.aspx?rid=16&lid=12&sid=5915

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

"So, too, would another trip to the playoffs in a city Kessel says has grown on him over the years. The golf lover regularly tees it up at several of the top private clubs in the GTA and, on Wednesday, hosts a charity poker and golf event at Brampton’s Turnberry Golf Club. He says he has developed friendships outside of the Leafs’ dressing room and, despite his introverted ways, he says he appreciates the hockey-mad fan base.

“It was unbelievable, obviously,” Kessel said of the long-awaited playoff run. “The fans were amazing, the support was great. It was so much fun playing in Toronto during the playoffs. They got a taste of it and they want to keep it going. And so do we.”

It will be interesting to see how Leafs general manager Dave Nonis approaches Kessel’s status in the coming months. He has stated publicly that extending Kessel and captain Dion Phaneuf is not a high priority right now and ongoing cap restraints are a concern.

But that urgency will increase once the season starts.

The longer it goes on and the more Kessel produces, the more it becomes a potential for distraction. Remember that when Burke traded for and signed him, he never expected it would take until Year 4 of the contract to make it to the playoffs. Now that the team is headed in the right direction, losing him would be a huge blow.

Kessel has been around Toronto long enough to recognize the anticipation that will come with the rapidly approaching new season. But if he is indeed comfortable in the city, will he respond to that challenge, much as he did in the playoffs?

“I’m sure (expectations) have gone up,” Kessel said on Tuesday during a lengthy chat with a handful of reporters. “We had a good run. Obviously, it fell short. I think we had decent success as a team last year and we’ll see how it goes. Adding (David Clarkson and David Bolland) is going to improve our team.

“I love Toronto. It’s a great city and I love playing for the team.”

mcloki
mcloki

I hate it when Mom and Dad fight. Lol

.JVR.
.JVR.

@DeclanK

Well, that sucks, considering I'm with Bell, haha.

Hopefully Leafs TV shows the replays again this year. (I'll just have to stay away from the site until I'm doing watching the games)

Bon Scott was a Leaf fan
Bon Scott was a Leaf fan

@DeclanK @Mind Bomb @rustynail @TheCanucksnaphook 

Hi Declan, I'd be interested in a get together of some sort.  Something like that would require it's own blog (other than a post in a side thread 3/4 the way down the page here).  Would be interesting if something could get organized.  There's quite a few folk here who I'd love to shake hands with (and perhaps one or two I'd give the proverbial middle finger to).

DeclanK
DeclanK moderator

@Knights2Leafs @DeclanK 

We tried to organize one at Scallywags last year, but that went pear shaped. 

He's a good buddy and he said we could do a 3-on-3 floor hockey tournament on the top floor, if we wanted to (its more than big enough) and book it off for us.

Tried to get the Leafs to help out, but they were decidedly difficult (as usual).

TheCanucksnaphook
TheCanucksnaphook

@DeclanK  If you want anybody for London, just let me know.  I am sure you have something planned already but I am so pumped for the site.  Epic.