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Sullivan speaks of ‘mutual respect’ with Kessel

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Mike Sullivan answers questions Friday night in Dallas. - CHRIS BRADFORD / DKPS

DALLAS -- Looking tanned and rested, Mike Sullivan was speaking Friday night about the benefits of getting away from the game for a little bit. But try as he might, he just couldn't escape the Phil Kessel talk, even here at the NHL Draft.

Since the Penguins were eliminated in the second round of this year's playoffs by Washington, there has been no shortage of speculation, rumor and innuendo regarding Kessel. If it hasn't been questions about Kessel's health, it's been questions about his relationship with his coach and even his future status in Pittsburgh.

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