Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Before Tyler Seguin, there was Phil Kessel – whom the Bruins traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the draft picks that would be Seguin and Dougie Hamilton. The Bruins selected Kessel with the fifth overall pick in the 2006 NHL draft. He hit his groove in Boston during the 2008-09 season, scoring 36 goals to go along with 24 assists. The Bruins were unsuccessful in trying to sign Kessel to a long-term deal in July 2009 and rumors swirled that he wanted a trade out of Boston. In September of that year Kessel was dealt to Toronto and subsequently signed a five-year, $27 million deal with the Leafs.
A Boston tradition was born when fans chanted “Thank You Kes-sel” in unison whenever Seguin had a big night against the Leafs. And Bruins fans continue to boo Kessel whenever he takes the ice at the Garden because they haven’t forgotten that the star forward may have wanted out of town.