Happy Wednesday, hockey fans! We’re back for another week of the gossip and drama that’s buzzing around the NHL. This week, we’ve got quite a bit of Leafs-related stuff to dive into, and a few tidbits from elsewhere around the league.
Leafs Lads (and Ladies)
How are our boys in blue handling the off season?
Well, we’ve got Jake Muzzin and family hanging out with Mitch Marner and his girlfriend at their cottage, we’ve got (now former Leaf) Kasperi Kapanen and his (maybe no longer) girlfriend causing a stir on social media by unfollowing each other and deleting pictures together, and we’ve got Morgan Rielly and Tessa Virtue once again delivering puppy content that makes us all swoon.
Make sure you’re following our Twitter to keep up to date on these fun little tidbits.
But perhaps more importantly, what’s going on with the Leafs off-season moves?
Well, to start with – it certainly looks like Kyle Clifford doesn’t consider himself a Leaf anymore:
Looks like Kyle Clifford doesn’t consider himself a Leaf anymore. https://t.co/e7ZJRuviM3
— Page 6ix (@Page6ix) September 7, 2020
Furthermore, it certainly looks like Wayne Simmonds would very much like to consider himself a Leaf:
Could Wayne Simmonds be in a Leafs jersey next season? Seems he is more than open to the possibility 👀 pic.twitter.com/CSwctCydVQ
— Page 6ix (@Page6ix) September 8, 2020
Read more on Wayne, HERE! We’ll have to wait a bit to see how this all unfolds, but we’ll definitely be watching.
What’s Happening in the Capital?
The Caps have been making some noise this week, as well. First, with reports that they did not take their Bubble Hockey seriously, choosing rather to party it up and enjoy their hotel life:
Lmao Michael Russo on the Russo Hockey Show says:
"Yeah well, I mean the stories from inside the bubble about the Caps basically turning it into a vacation, having pool parties and things like that, you pretty much knew that they had no interest in being there."
— J (@Account4hockey) September 6, 2020
More details on the Capitals’ Toronto party HERE.
In potential off-season moves news, it appears the Capitals have been talking to Mike Babcock:
Mike Babcock and Gerard Gallant interviewed for the vacant Capitals head coaching position. 👀https://t.co/ASMtDO79c6
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 6, 2020
I’m sure Leafs fans have some opinions on that.
Anarchy in Arizona
Things continue to look, uh, Not Great for the Arizona Coyotes, as they were late paying players’ bonuses:
According to multiple sources, the Arizona Coyotes have been late on paying at least a few players their contractually-stipulated signing bonuses on time. My understanding is these have since been resolved, but it has raised some concerns.
— Katie Strang (@KatieJStrang) September 4, 2020
This is not the first time the Coyotes have made headlines with their questionable off-ice operations. Hm.
And finally, the goalie drama in Vegas continues. While Marc-Andre Fleury played game 1 against the Stars (a 1-0 loss), Robin Lehner was tapped for game 2 (a 3-0 win).
This came across our feed, and we’re absolutely keeping an eye on how it unfolds:
Unless his contract can't be moved, it's sure looking like Marc-Andre Fleury is done in Vegas.
— Eric Stephens (@icemancometh) September 5, 2020
Enjoy your week, hockey gossip fans. See you next Wednesday!