Hello hockey gossip and drama lovers. Do we have an action-packed column for you! LOTS happening in the hockey world this past week, so tons of both gossip AND drama to dive into. Let’s get started, shall we?
Leafs Lads (and Ladies)
So much fun Leafs-news this week! Gonna start with our returning Leafs. Huge congrats to our captain, John Tavares, and his wife Arynne on the pending arrival of baby number two!
Happy Thanksgiving from the Tavares Family 🇨🇦🍂 pic.twitter.com/05yU4Yy94w
— JohnTavaresFDN (@JohnTavaresFDN) October 12, 2020
Excited to add a new Leafs baby to the squad.
Elsewhere, Jake Muzzin and family adopted Jack Campbell for Thanksgiving:
STOP EVERYTHING pic.twitter.com/RyiVeOSBEc
— mitch marney (@marnylandersen) October 12, 2020
And a bunch of other Leafs (and former Leafs) popped onto the Instagram post to share….umm…well wishes?
Speaking of well wishes, former Leafs Tyson Barrie and Andreas Johnsson had some interesting parting words about playing in Toronto:
Barrie says coming out of Toronto is tough, the media can be tough and the fans. says he loves the way Edmonton plays, fast and driving teams back. Thinks the speed Edmonton has fits great with his style.
— Ryan Rishaug (@TSNRyanRishaug) October 10, 2020
Andreas Johnsson on Leafs Nation: "They look at every step you make & I wasn't used to being that closely looked at before from fans, but it was so much fun. Even in the Marlies it was full at the arena …"
— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) October 12, 2020
Finally, Page 6ix is THRILLED to welcome some new Leafs to Leafland – we can’t wait to adopt Wayne Simmonds, Jimmy Vesey, TJ Brodie, Aaron Dell, and Zach Bogosian. It’s been fun hearing their excitement about playing in Toronto. We’re excited too!
We are especially excited to welcome Wayne Simmonds and Aaron Dell’s dads into the fold. Look how wholesome!
UPDATE: Leafs appear to have added an elite dad to the group. Please welcome PHIL DELL:https://t.co/zUzBqSoDaC
— Trick Or Treat Williams (@GoddTill) October 14, 2020
It’s Never Boring in Vegas
The drama never ends in Vegas. Following goaltender Robin Lehner signing a new contract, all eyes were on what Vegas would do with veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Well, it turns out, the answer (for now) is keep him:
McCrimmon says LV is not trading Marc-Andre Fleury. It will be a Fleury/Lehner tandem
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 13, 2020
Could this be why:
Expecting an update on Robin Lehner’s health tonight from @GoldenKnights. Word is Lehner has an injury that may cause him to miss some time.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 13, 2020
The saga continues….
On top of that, VGK officially nabbed the most sought after free agent of the season in Alex Pietrangelo, disappointing tons of Leafs fans, as well as VGK player Nate Schmidt, who was traded to the Canucks in the aftermath:
Nate Schmidt said VGK didn't tell him anything about potentially being traded when Pietrangelo signed. Found out he was traded when he was traded.
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) October 13, 2020
The Rivalry That Never Sleeps
Turns out there’s more to the rivalry that reached peak intensity when former Islanders captain Tavares jumped ship to play for his hometown team. According to Elliotte Friedman, former Leafs gm and current Islanders gm Lou Lamoriello accused the Leafs of tampering. The charges were dropped.
Elliotte Freidman on the 31 Thoughts podcast said that the Islanders filed a tampering charge against the Leafs in 2018 after they signed Tavares. Says it did not go very far, but there was an investigation that cleared the Leafs
— (((Kung Fu Canuck))) (@kungfu_canuck) October 13, 2020
A Funny Thing Happened…
on hockey Twitter this morning. Editor extraordinaire (/sarcasm, majorly) Dean Blundell decided to take a swing, for reasons only he will ever truly know, at Senators reporter Hailey Salvian, claiming she faked misogyny for Twitter points (*eyeroll emoji*). It’s definitely possible, even probable, that the reasons include how threatened he is by strong, smart, successful women.
We refuse to link to that joke of a post, but just know that it is indeed SUCH a joke, that within the post itself, Blundell copied and pasted the same three paragraphs twice in a row. A bit rich attempting to undermine legitimately talented reporters in such a poorly constructed post, don’t you think?
As if we didn’t know Dean was an abhorrent person already, this is disgusting. I can’t even believe he spent time writing this. You’re the dangerous one, Dean. https://t.co/9AJKoYrlOd
— Rachel Doerrie (@racheldoerrie) October 14, 2020
That’s all for this week, folks. Don’t forget to check us out on Twitter. And for a fun little extra-curricular, your author joined a *gasp* BRUINS podcast this morning to talk hockey, TLN, Page 6ix, and more, so check out Locked on Boston Bruins, as well.