The fact that Phil Kessel has been pretty healthy as a Leaf (knock on wood) has been an incredible blessing for the Leafs. He's a one-man highlight reel. The fact that he missed Friday's blowout win against the Red Wings with a lower body injury is a source of concern, of course, but since it's the preseason it wasn't quite a DEFCON 1 situation.
Kessel has left practice.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) October 4, 2014
Kessel had been talking with medical personnel throughout practice. Didn't look happy. Missed last night's game with lower-body issue.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) October 4, 2014
Randy Carlyle says Kessel gave it a try this morning and just didn't feel good.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) October 4, 2014
No, Phil, you should not look unhappy when speaking with medical personnel. You should look like this:
Happy birthday @phil_kessel_81_
Can we panic now?
"He's a hockey player." Interesting praise for Robidas from Carlyle.
Jeffler gives a rundown of the Leafs' preseason stats. Interesting to see how much Phaneuf's possession numbers fluctuate based on who he is paired with.
"It certainly helped that many of the original ‘fancy stats' people are Oilers fans, because hardship is the birthplace of innovation."
I hope for their sakes that Grabo likes his new teammates.