Traded to Sherbrooke (QMJHL) by Moncton (QMJHL) for Sherbrooke's 6th round choice (later traded back to Sherbrooke Sherbrooke selected Pascal Vandal) in 1999 QMJHL Priority Draft and 1st choice (later traded to Baie-Comeau Baie-Comeau selected Evgeny Gusakov) in 1999 CHL Import Draft, October 30, 1998. Assigned to Kloten (Swiss) by Tampa Bay, February 19, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Togliatti (Russia), September 28, 2004. Claimed on waivers by Philadelphia from Tampa Bay, December 30, 2006. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Moscow (Russia), August 1, 2007.
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