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The Daily: Hot Dog! Phil Kessel Speculation Everywhere



Perhaps one of the greatest roasts in recent hockey history was Phil Kessel consuming hot dogs while having his day with the Stanley Cup. For those unaware of the story, Toronto Star columnist Steve Simmons wrote about Kessel’s purported hot dog diet while in Toronto, and once traded to Pittsburgh, Kessel responded by posing with the Cup–full of hot dogs.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now writes on how maybe a reunion between Phil Kessel and the Pittsburgh Penguins could be in order. Whether it makes sense or not at this point is another thing, but Kessel has been linked to almost every team it seems for various reasons. Willing to waive his iron man streak, it stands to reason that Kessel is still an asset. But it just may not be what it once was.

From Dave Molinari:

But perhaps the stat that best illustrates how Kessel is not the player he once was is this: He dressed for just four of Vegas’ 22 playoff games this spring, picking up two assists while averaging 11 minutes, 47 seconds of ice time

Wherever Kessel ends up, he’ll certainly chip in. Maybe he’ll be dining on hot dogs in the Cup with another team next summer.

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