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Penguins acquire Kessel from Maple Leafs

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2014, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs' Phil Kessel skates during second period NHL hockey action against the Detroit Red Wings in Toronto. The Maple Leafs sent 27-year-old Kessel to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday, July 1, 2015, in a blockbuster deal that gives the Penguins a needed boost in its top six and gives the Maple Leafs some flexibility as they begin to retool under new coach Mike Babcock. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel spent six years in Toronto trying to lift the Maple Leafs out of the churn of mediocrity.

All the goals - 181 of them while wearing a leaf on the front of his sweater - failed to turn Toronto into a contender or quiet the critics who wondered whether the talented forward cared enough or worked hard enough to justify his status as one of the elite players in the NHL.

That won't be an issue in Pittsburgh, not after the Penguins acquired the 27-year-old in a blockbuster trade on Wednesday they hope will rejuvenate Kessel's career while giving stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin a running mate that can come close to matching their pedigree and production.

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5 J. Voracek, Phi812259
6 N. Backstrom, Was781860
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2 D. Dubnyk, Min2.07
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5 B. Holtby, Was2.22
6 J. Quick, LA2.24
7 S. Mason, Phi2.25
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