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Kessel mixes it up with reporter: ‘You think it’s my fault?’

Phil Kessel

Toronto Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel skates off the ice after Toronto was defeated 1-0 by the Ottawa Senators in NHL hockey game action in Ottawa, Ontario, Saturday, April 12, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Fred Chartrand)


We didn’t intend to write yet another Leafs post in the wake of Randy Carlyle’s firing, but we can’t ignore this dust-up between winger Phil Kessel (related: ‘You can’t rely on Phil’) and Toronto Star reporter Dave Feschuk.

Click here for the video. Following is a transcript:

Feschuk: “There’s been suggestions within the organization that you’re a difficult guy to coach. Is there anything to that?”

Kessel: “I don’t think so. You know, that’s a weird question for you to ask though, on a day like...your coach gets fired.”

Feschuk: “You’re the best player on the team, and if the coach just got fired...”

Kessel: “You think it’s my fault? Is that what you’re saying? Is that what you’re saying?”

Feschuk: “I’m asking you a question...are you a difficult player to coach?”

Kessel: “I don’t think so. I play. [turning away from Feschuk] This guy’s such an idiot here. He’s always been like this here.”

So yeah, fun day in Toronto.

Update: Here’s the director’s cut, with a brand new ending: