Kessel Played Hurt

However head coach Mike Sullivan said it was “nothing significant”

Jeff Hathhorn
May 09, 2018 - 2:18 pm
Phil Kessel

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CRANBERRY TWP, PA - (93.7 the Fan) He was the player all wanted to hear from, and the group of reporters at the Penguins facility Wednesday morning most wanted to talk with, however Phil Kessel was not available to discuss his struggles in the post-season.

Kessel had his worst playoff numbers in his three post-seasons with the Pens, just one goal and eight assists, most early in the Philadelphia series.  Compare that to 22 points his first year and 23 his second and his plus/minus was a career playoff low of minus five.

“He’s actually dealt with injuries all year and to his credit he played through those during the regular season,” said general manager Jim Rutherford.  “But his playoff was not what it has been the last couple of years.  I know some of those things he dealt with caught up to him.”

“I’m not going to disclose any of our injuries,” said head coach Mike Sullivan.  “He was dealing with bumps and bruises just like some of our other guys.  I’d rather not get into the list of injuries that guys had, but it was nothing significant.  I can tell you that.” 

OK, so it’s not a significant injury, so what is wrong with Kessel?  Is it mental?  Does he have issues with his teammates?  Upset at the coaches?  Will the issues linger into next season?

A few of us went to the guy who sits next to him in the locker room to see if we could find any insight, forward Derick Brassard.

“I have no idea, you will have to ask him.”

Sorry, we weren’t allowed.