OK gang, got some good news, bad news for you.
Bad news first: this is the last Phil Friday we'll have. (Until Phil scores a hatty on a Thursday)
The good news: it's the last off-season Friday of the summer.
FINALLY...THE PHIL...HAS COME BACK..TO PITTSBURGH
Phil Kessel is in the 'Burgh and everyone's pumped.
Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) September 9, 2015
And everyone was happy. Some roundups (many already covered in Pens Points):
Scary Gary happy with Phil
After training all summer in Toronto, Mr. Roberts is pleased
Gary Roberts talking about Phil Kessel: "What he does with me is private, but I truly believe he’s in a good place."— Jason Mackey (@Mackey_Trib) September 10, 2015
Most obvious headline of all time
Coming from Sportsnet:
"Phil Kessel: Pittsburgh a more relaxed environment than Toronto"
"No shit, Sherlock"
But really, my favorite part:
"I think I ate a little healthier this summer, but training-wise I don’t think I did anything crazy different or anything like that," Kessel explained. "But Gary’s a great guy and I had a lot of fun there."
Recent reports suggested that Kessel lost 13 pounds working with Roberts, but the five-time 30-goal scorer denied that.
"I didn’t lose any weight," Kessel added with a smile. "Same as I’ve always been."
Kessel's noticeably in better shape, that's why the smile makes it funny!
Justin Bourne says Phil will score 100 goals!
Phil Kessel: first NHL's first 100 goal scorer!
(Ok, so it is a little out of context, but it is a real quote!)
Also, 64% of those polled said 35+ goals for Phil. Another reminder of what I've said all summer: only 3 players scored 39+ last season..
Phil and Sid on The Hockey News
Happy Phil Friday and thanks for all the feedback this summer on this feature. I'm glad it was well received, it was fun to keep going.