A pending UFA at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, he signed a four-year contract extension with the Senators on Feb. 16.
2013-14: Established new career highs in goals (six), assists (17) and points (23) ... Averaged greater than 20 minutes of time-on-ice for the fifth consecutive season while averaging a season career high of 22:45 ... Tied for 17th among NHL defencemen with 181 hits ... Tied for second among Senators defencemen (Wiercioch) in scoring ... Registered the first game-winning goal of his NHL career on Nov. 7 vs Montreal (4-1 win).
2014-15 Season high: Blocked shots: 5 (2x) last: March 17 at Carolina (2-1 OT win)
Career game highs: Goals: 1 (16x) last: March 12 at Montreal (5-2 win); Assists: 3, Jan. 31 vs Arizona (7-2 win); Points: 3, (0-3), Jan. 31 vs Arizona (7-2 win)
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