A former NHLer dropped by the Maple Leafs practice on Friday and was asked for his opinion about the way the blue and white has played so far this season.
“Well, they’re winning,” he said. “But let me ask you something. Did Phil Kessel play the last two games?
When told that Kessel had, indeed, played against the Wild on Tuesday and the Hurricanes on Thursday, the dude rolled his eyes. Apparently he knew the answer to the question, he was just making a point ... which was, when Kessel disappears, he really disappears.
The Leafs winger, who signed an eight-year, $8-million per extension last month, did play against Minnesota and Carolina but there were times where you could hardly tell he was on the ice. He picked up an assist in the 4-1 victory over Minnesota — and earned kudos throughout Leafs Nation for his unselfish play on Mason Raymond’s empty net goal — and had three shots on net in the 3-2 loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday.