Penguins' Letang takes issue with Maple Leafs over lack of Kessel tribute

November 2, 2015

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang wasn't too pleased with the lack of a ceremony for Phil Kessel on Saturday when the former Maple Leaf forward returned to Toronto.

Letang promptly took to Twitter and posted a sarcastic message following the Penguins' decisive 4-0 victory.

Acquired in the offseason, Kessel was showered with boos every time he touched the puck. The 28-year-old was limited to one shot and held off the scoresheet on Saturday, but admitted that he wasn't affected by Toronto's decision against honoring him.

Kessel scored 181 goals and set up 213 others in 446 games with the Maple Leafs. The fifth overall pick of the 2006 draft, Kessel has four goals and two assists this season with Pittsburgh.


Kessel was acquired with forward Tyler Biggs, defenseman Tim Erixon and a 2016 second-round selection from Toronto on July 1. The Maple Leafs received forwards Nick Spaling, Kasperi Kapanen, blue-liner Scott Harrington and first- and third-round picks next year.