Toronto media has clearly missed Phil Kessel. In honor of the first meeting of Phil with his former team, twitter erupted in a flurry of mourn-phil tweets. Some of them were humorous, exactly like the kind of interaction that two exes have when meeting in public for the first time, and some of them were actually informative.
Here's a round-up of this morning's Phil tweets.
Coach Johnston: "I'm sure Kessel is going to be very excited for tomorrow night's game against Toronto. It should be exciting."— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 16, 2015
Kessel on facing Leafs for 1st time since trade: "Got good friends over there & it’s going to be strange, but I’m looking forward to it"— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 17, 2015
Mike Johnston wants to see Phil Kessel register more than 300 shots this season. "I want him to shoot as much as he can."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 17, 2015
In 18 career games against the Leafs, the Bruins were 13-3-2 with Phil Kessel in the lineup.— David Alter (@dalter) October 17, 2015
Phil Kessel will make his 1st appearance against the Leafs since Dec 8/2008. Phil scored twice that night for Boston. #TMLtalk— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) October 17, 2015
Phil Kessel on facing #leafs: "It's going to be strange but I'm looking forward to it."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 17, 2015
Chris Kunitz on what he's learned about Kessel off the ice: "Just that he tells guys that he'll beat 'em at whatever sport they pick."— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) October 17, 2015
Kessel said he spoke to some of his former teammates last night after their win in Columbus.— Jonas Siegel (@jonasTSN1050) October 17, 2015
Sidney Crosby, on teammate Phil Kessel facing the #leafs: "We all know the situation: We want to get a win for him."— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 17, 2015
And of course:
Phil!— Phil Kessel (@PKessel81) July 21, 2013
We'll Phil you in on more as the game approaches.