Welcome back, hockey gossip fans. While there is plenty of drama going on in the world right now, this week was actually relatively slow on the hockey gossip front. Nonetheless, there IS drama to discuss, and some lightheartedness to kick us off.
Leafs Love Dogs
The Leafs boys (and their ladies) were all about the dog content this week. Mitch Marner and his girlfriend Steph continued their tradition of hosting fellow Leafs up at their cottage. But this time, the special guests were none other than Morgan Rielly and Tessa Virtue, and their pup Zoë . Zoë and the Marner-LaChance pup, Zeus, hit it off.
when zoë met zeusy pic.twitter.com/VGRKQS05hl
— mitch marney (@marnylandersen) September 27, 2020
Elsewhere, Travis Dermott and one of his adorable pooches posed for a sweet picture promoting dog food:
i’ve said it before and i stand by it: the leafs can post all the promo ads they want as long as they feature their dogs pic.twitter.com/DsjHfM0lWD
— mitch marney (@marnylandersen) September 28, 2020
And finally, Auston Matthews took his buddy Felix with him for a workout and training at ASU.
No roughhousing in the equipment room. Not sure who the trouble making dog belongs to…👀 pic.twitter.com/UfuUnrYKm8
— Jon Laughner (@JonLaughnerEM) September 29, 2020
Average day at the rink for the Arizona boys today eh @Ty_Nashh ? Incredible player and human. Right on the tape! Let’s go @TheWHL fire it up ladies and gentlemen. Oh and coach #doan and @NYRangers @MCHockeySkills running them through the paces. pic.twitter.com/HRrYebFtfS
— TYSON NASH 🎤🤥 (@TysonNash) September 30, 2020
The Cup Runneth Over
Of course, the Big News this week is that the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in game six to become this year’s Stanley Cup champions. This is exciting, of course, for Bolts fans, but less so for Stars fans. And naturally, there was some drama about it all.
Firstly, some Stars fans were a tad bit upset by the nature of the Lightning celebrations:
oof after watching blake coleman’s ig story and hearing everyone in the background yelling “fuck dallas” and “they’re fucking going home empty handed” i really hope the stars players couldn’t hear the lightning celebrating last night considering they’re staying in the same hotel
— hailey (@nhlhails) September 29, 2020
Even more dramatic, though, was Damien Cox claiming that this year’s Cup wasn’t as difficult to win as usual:
Not as difficult to win a Cup when there’s no road games, no travel. Still a difficult thing to win it all. Tampa gave lots of sweat and blood to make this happen. But let’s not compare bubble hockey with the real thing.
— Damien Cox (@DamoSpin) September 29, 2020
A couple Lightning players took issue, and took time out of celebrating to tell Damo what they thought of his tweet:
You try going through what we went through, not seeing our families for months, living in a hotel for 60+ days, 24 teams that had a chance, no home advantage for either team, but hey, say what you want https://t.co/aFtda98OJc
— Barclay Goodrow (@bgoodrow23) September 29, 2020
Haha,sure,let’s forget about back to backs and no rest in between the series👎
— Mikhail Sergachev (@sergachev31) September 29, 2020
Some hockey fans also took issue, and reminded everyone that Damo has a history of ~interesting~ Twitter behaviour:
Damn, I haven't seen Damien Cox try this hard to insert himself into something since he accidentally tweeted that message he meant to DM pic.twitter.com/tw5dX4hnIw
— Nick (@DogGilmour) September 30, 2020
Another fun day on Hockey Twitter!
The Rumour Mill
With a tweet that made quite the splash, Bob McKenzie came back to Twitter to fan the Buffalo flames and suggest that Jack Eichel might be looking to get out. We suggest reading the entire tweet thread, though, to get the whole story.
Imagine my surprise when I started making calls today and heard Jack Eichel trade rumours, including unverified chatter he may have at some point recently requested a trade out of BUF and that NYR were amongst interested teams. This, of course, required further investigation.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) September 28, 2020
Is this a case of just a rumour? Or is it a where there’s smoke there’s fire situation?
The End of an Era
And finally, in a move that has fans around the league in uproar, the New York Rangers bought out the final year of goaltending legend Henrik Lundqvist’s contract.
OFFICIAL: Rangers announce that the team has bought out the final year of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s contract.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 30, 2020
Check out Hank’s goodbye, here, and have some tissues handy:
Representing this organization has been the biggest source of pride and joy in my life. I’m so grateful for the opportunity, for the friendships and for all the great memories created wearing the red, white and blue.
I will always cherish my time as a Ranger.
— Henrik Lundqvist (@HLundqvist30) September 30, 2020
That’s all for this week, hockey gossip fans. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. See you next Wednesday!