Signed to an ATO (amateur tryout) contract by Rochester (AHL), April 5, 2004. Signed to a PTO (professional tryout) contract by Cleveland (AHL), September 19, 2005. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, January 16, 2006. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 3, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Riga (KHL), July 10, 2009.
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