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Kessel named head coach in Toronto (no joke!)

A person named Kessel is coaching in Toronto this year!

NHL: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Saw this on PPP:

From the press release:

Courtney Kessel (fka Courtney Birchard) is married to Blake Kessel, brother of Amanda and Phil.


Two months ago the Pens ECHL affiliate, the good old Wheeling Nailers hired Mark Dennehy to be their head coach. Yesterday Dennhy left that job because he got named the head coach at AHL Binghamton. Makes sense to take an AHL job up a rung in competition (and presumably pay) but kinda stinks for the Penguins organization back at square one and who now need to find a coach in the month of August. Not envious of that.


Here’s another interesting idea from PPP:

Team-27 vs. Team-TB-TOR-NSH-PIT

Last night, Fulemin and Arvind had an interesting idea: make two rosters, one created from the best players on the Maple Leafs, Lightning, Predators, and Penguins; then a second roster created from the best players on the 27 other teams. Then decide which of those two teams would win in a game against each other (treat this like an All-Star game - no salary cap.)

Who would be on your rosters for either or both teams? Comment below. That is an order!

I think I’d go with:

Filip Forsberg - Sidney Crosby - Steven Stamkos

Mitch Marner - Evgeni Malkin - Nikita Kucherov

Brayden Point - Auston Matthews - Phil Kessel

Viktor Arvidsson - John Tavares - Patric Hornqvist

Roman Josi / PK Subban

Victor Hedman / Kris Letang

Ryan McDonagh / Ryan Ellis

Matt Murray, Andrei Vasilevskiy

I know I have Marner and Point playing out of position, but meh, they’ll figure it out. The top-6 is insane skill and it would be much fun watching the conflicted feelings in Toronto as the USA combo struck with Phil setting Auston up for goals. The defense is just loaded with talent and the young goalies would just have to pull their end of the bargain.

Can you make a “rest of the NHL” team that could beat that team?