Armstrong: Playing with Phil Kessel ‘frustrating’

Phil Kessel was traded by the Maple Leafs to the Penguins on July 1. (Frank Gunn/CP)
July 8, 2015, 4:40 PM

Colby Armstrong acknowledges that playing with Phil Kessel was “frustrating” at times.

Armstrong, who spent two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, joined Prime Time Sports on Wednesday to discuss what it was like playing alongside his former teammate.

“I just felt with Phil, he was looked on to be kind of the Sidney Crosby of our team — a leader,” said Armstrong, who played with Kessel during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

“We all see what he does: He skates fast to the puck, he shoots the puck, he can make things happen. But when the game’s on the line, if he can get a goal for you, that’s about all he’s gonna do. As far as winning battles and the extra mile, it did become, for me as a teammate, a little bit frustrating at times.

“As a teammate, exactly what you see is what you get,” Armstrong added. “And sometimes it was frustrating, wondering whether he was gonna be there for you or not.”

The Maple Leafs traded Kessel to the Penguins on July 1. Armstrong also gave his thoughts on how the talented sniper will fare with his new club. Click on the link below to take a listen.