Kris Letang chirps Maple Leafs for treatment of Phil Kessel

Phil Kessel's tumultuous time in Toronto is well documented so just how will the former Maple Leaf be received when his Penguins visit the ACC Saturday night? We take a closer look at #81 then and now.

The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted Phil Kessel and the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night — Kessel’s first time back since being traded this off-season.

According to Kessel’s Penguins teammate Kris Letang… crickets.

The defenceman took a shot at the Toronto club via his Twitter account following Pittsburgh’s dominant 4-0 victory.

During the leadup to Kessel’s return to his old home, some wondered whether the Maple Leafs would plan something to acknowledge their former scoring leader prior to puck drop. Sportsnet’s Damien Cox revealed on Friday that nothing was in the works.

“This is a bit of a change from (president) Brendan Shanahan and (general manager) Lou Lamoriello,” Cox said during Friday night’s Headlines segment. “They’re not going to do that stuff…No insult to Phil Kessel, they won’t be doing any sort of tribute.”

Kessel registered 181 goals and 213 assists in 446 games over six seasons with the Maple Leafs.

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