Kessel on refusal to address reporters after loss to Sabres: 'My answers aren’t always that great'
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel held court following practice on Monday, addressing, among other things, his rather terse reaction to attempts to pick his brain after a 6-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday.
"I don’t know how well you want to know me," Kessel told reporters. "My answers aren't always that great. I think you have the responsibility to talk. Maybe I need to do more, but not every day."
The introverted sharpshooter added that he sometimes doesn't love the expectations that come with being an NHL superstar, and would prefer to let his game do the talking.
That much he has done, with 11 goals and 11 assists in 18 games this season, tying him for third in the NHL in total points.
Toronto's next game is Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. Another big game - coupled with a win, of course - would certainly breed a friendlier atmosphere in the locker room.
Head coach Randy Carlyle added the following, in case Phil didn't get the memo.