Revisiting the Phil Kessel trades

On Sept. 18, 2009, the Toronto Maple Leafs shook up their organization in a massive way by acquiring Phil Kessel.

He quickly became the face of the franchise and stayed that way until his departure in 2015.
When the Leafs brought in Kessel, they gave up a massive cost. A first-round pick in 2010, and 2011, as well as a 2010 second-round pick was what Toronto gave up. The first-round picks turned into Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton, while the second-round pick turned into Jared Knight.
Kessel came in and produced very, very well for the Leafs fresh off a brand new five-year, $27-million contract.
In his first season, he put up 30 goals and 55 points in 70 games. Kessel’s production never faltered, as he continued to average over 30 goals per season for the rest of his time with the Leafs.
When his time in Toronto ended, Kessel has put up 394 points in 446 games — averaging 72 points per 82 games.
With rumours circulating for some time, Kessel was dealt by the Leafs on July 1, 2015 alongside Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon and a conditional 2016 second-round draft pick (Kasper Bjorkqvist) to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In return, the Leafs got back Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling and conditional 2016 first (Sam …

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Author: Zach Laing / The Leafs Nation

Justin Smoak heard Tim Mayza’s tendon pull off his bone from first base

In the middle of the Sept. 10 game against the New York Yankees, lefty reliever Tim Mayza suffered a UCL injury and will require Tommy John surgery. The tendon ripped off his bone so hard that Justin Smoak heard the sound it made from first base.

Tim Mayza had surgery today to repair a torn UCL and torn flexor tendon in his left elbow. Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas. Grade 3 tear of each, so estimated return is spring training 2021. Tendon pulled off the bone so hard that Justin Smoak heard it at first base. #Bluejays
— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) September 18, 2019

No idea what a tendon pulling off a bone sounds like, but I’m sure it’s not the most pleasant sound in a ballpark.
In an arena full of bat cracks and a catchers glove making a loud thud after a swing and miss, a pitcher’s arm tendon ripping itself from the bone mid-pitch might be one of the more gory clips of audio you could get.
The injury will keep Mayza out for the entire 2020 season, most likely aiming for a return for 2021 spring. The reliever has a 4.91 ERA and has a 9.6 K/9 through 51 and 1/3 innings this year.
When …

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Author: Thomas Williams / Blue Jays Nation