TSN is reporting Friday that former University of Minnesota forward and U.S. Olympic hopeful Phil Kessel of Madison, Wis., has been traded to Toronto from Boston. Kessel was at the Duluth Heritage Sports Center a month ago for a promotion for Play It Again Sports. Here’s the TSN scoop:
Although it’s not completed, sources say the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins are putting the finishing touches on a trade that will deliver Phil Kessel to the Leafs.
Toronto is awaiting the final call to confirm the deal while the Bruins are believed to be wrapping up all internal discussions before signing off.
Kessel, who is sidelined until at least November following rotator cuff surgery, overcame a battle with testicular cancer in 2006 and captured the Bill Masterton Trophy in 2007 for perseverance and dedication to hockey. He enjoyed a career season with the Bruins last year, leading the team with 36 goals in 70 games while adding 24 assists to finish with a career high 60 points. He was selected in the first round, fifth overall by the Bruins in the 2006 NHL Entry draft.