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Kessel comments on becoming a Leaf

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  September 19, 2009 07:34 PM

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Phil Kessel will be wearing blue and white instead of black and gold. (Darren Calabrese/AP)

Phil Kessel has concluded his introductory press conference in Toronto, embracing his new home.

"It's the best hockey city in the world," Kessel said. "The fans here are great. It's a first-class organization. They just love hockey here in Toronto. It's one of the reasons I chose Minnesota in college. In Minnesota, they love hockey. It's the No. 1 sport. Here in Toronto, hockey's it. I want to be part of that. I'm so excited to be here and be part of the organization."

Kessel said he never asked the Bruins to be moved out of Boston.

"I never one time asked to be traded," Kessel said. "I think it just became a mutual thing that it was best for both parties to move on. That's basically what happened with that."

* GM Brian Burke said that 36 goals was a platform, not a peak. "The way we play, the way we want to attack and utilize his speed, it's like someone wrote a script and handed it to Phil," Burke said. "This is the right team to be on."

* Kessel estimated that he'd be ready to play in a month or a month-and-a-half's time.

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