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Afternoon Line- Steve Simmons On Mike Sullivan/Phil Kessel

Mike Sullivan had a deal with Rick Tocchet when the two were together with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Tocchet, the assistant coach, dealt with Phil Kessel. That way Sullivan, who didn’t want to talk to him, didn’t have to....

It’s not that he doesn’t care for Kessel. It’s that he truly doesn’t want to deal with him in any significant way. Tocchet was perfect for that role and for Kessel. The Hall of Famer, Mark Recchi, is assuming the role Tocchet had in Pittsburgh. He may be handed the Kessel portfolio. Sullivan needs someone to do what he doesn’t want to do himself.

-Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun where you can read more on Kessel and a few hockey notes too.

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It’s not that he doesn’t care for Kessel. It’s that he truly doesn’t want to deal with him in any significant way.

Kinda makes Sullivan sound like a jerk.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/17/17 at 08:39 AM ET

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Kinda makes Sullivan sound like a jerk.

That’s unfortunate, because Steve Simmons was trying to make Phil Kessel look bad.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/17/17 at 09:00 AM ET

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t’s not that he doesn’t care for Kessel. It’s that he truly doesn’t want to deal with him in any significant way.

Kinda makes Sullivan sound like a jerk.

Or Kessel is the jerk.

Posted by evileye on 07/17/17 at 10:18 AM ET

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Or Kessel is the jerk.

Probably, seeing as the only person in the hockey world who’s ever said a negative thing about him is…hmm…odd, the only guy is the douche who wrote this article and a million others calling Kessel lazy, fat and useless.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/17/17 at 11:36 AM ET

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Or Kessel is the jerk.

Probably, seeing as the only person in the hockey world who’s ever said a negative thing about him is…hmm…odd, the only guy is the douche who wrote this article and a million others calling Kessel lazy, fat and useless.

No question is a good play but did you see the way Kessel was acting when things weren’t going so well for him or the team early in the playoffs? I’m not sure I’d want to deal with that either especially when I have 20 other guys I need to communicate with.

Posted by evileye on 07/17/17 at 01:09 PM ET

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