I’m going to throw a fan philosophy out there – if it isn’t going to be the Oilers to win a cup, we should all cheer for Phil Kessel to win the cup, even if he plays for Vegas – the most hated franchise in the NHL.
Why you ask? For the entertainment value, he creates whenever he wins a Stanley Cup.
For you see, most players when they get to play on the cup-winning team and get their day with the Cup, they’ll take it back to their hometown and let the townspeople catch up with said player and take plenty of pictures with the cup and player.
But not Phil Kessel, no no. He’s actually from Madison Wisconsin but rather than taking the Cup back to Madison, he always takes the cup back to Toronto for the day. He did it in the 2016 and 2017 offseasons when he won with Pittsburgh and he’s doing it again this offseason when he won with Vegas.
That ALWAYS makes me laugh when I read about this, because this is an obvious troll job by a player who was roundly and unfairly criticized by the Maple Laffs fan and media bullplop machine, even when he was playing on terrible Leafs teams and was often the only consistent offensive threat on those teams……and they ran him out of town. If only they had treated him better and not p***ed him off, he would’ve stayed in TO much longer and probably formed a great top six with all the draft picks the Leafs have now – Matthews, Marner, and Nylander. They probably wouldn’t have signed Tavares, either, because they wouldn’t have needed him.
This is the ultimate troll job and it always makes me laugh. He doesn’t hesitate to always haunt Toronto with his words, too, as he had this to say after Vegas won the Cup at the end of the playoffs:
He made sure to once again dunk on the Leafs shortly after the Vegas Cup win:
“Takes me back to my Toronto days. You guys said I couldn’t win, and now I’m a three-time champ,” Kessel said, per Mike Stephens of The Hockey News. “Remember that.”
I couldn’t agree more, Kessel. You deserve to get back at Toronto and you always make it entertaining when you do. Keep up your trolling, Phil, maybe one day the Leafs fans and media will learn their lesson. Maybe. But I doubt it, so in the meantime rub it in their faces whenever you win a Cup. It’s well deserved.