Claimed by Columbus from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 23, 2000. Traded to NY Islanders by Columbus for NY Islanders' 4th round choice (Jekabs Redlihs) in 2002 Entry Draft, June 22, 2002. Traded to Philadelphia by NY Islanders for Tampa Bay's 7th round choice (previously acquired, NY Islanders selected Chris Campoli) in 2004 Entry Draft, January 22, 2004. Signed as a free agent by MODO (Sweden), June 3, 2004.
I'm very excited about what happened today. We've worked on this deal with Toronto for a month, or over a month. It got a little bit of legs on draft day, but it really heated up last night, and we were able to complete the deal today.
— Penguins GM Jim Rutherford on Phil Kessel, who he acquired from the Maple Leafs in a trade on Wednesday