Welcome gossip friends! As we get deeper into the indefinite offseason, the drama seems to ebb and flow. Some weeks it’s plentiful, others it’s sparse, and occasionally there is one or two big things and not much else. We’re in the third category right now, so let’s take a look at the big deal gossip. But first…we have to start with our Leafsland report.
Just a couple quick tidbits from our Leafs this week. Auston Matthews continues his Movember fundraiser, while also spending some quality ice time with Connor McDavid in AZ.
Auston Matthews & Connor McDavid are skating together in preparation for the 2020-21 season. Also wanted to promote Matthews’ Movember page. It’s a great cause and he will shave off his stache if he gets to $134K: https://t.co/LHVn3ZaQPo https://t.co/b47lBooOBV
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 23, 2020
What do you think they talk about? Is AM34 the key to McDavid making a move back home to Toronto?
Elsewhere, actual puppy Travis Dermott promoted a Tiny Shelters fundraiser:
Toronto Tiny Shelters https://t.co/sjNTRc0qvq
— Travis Dermott (@Travis_Dermott) November 23, 2020
He is a very good egg.
Finally, we’re ignoring that other ridiculous story about captain John Tavares to instead focus on this cuteness:
john tavares taking jacer to the rink for practice!! draft class 2037 here we come pic.twitter.com/z5AxDZuYWr
— christmitch marney ❄️ (@marnylandersen) November 24, 2020
In tangential Leafs news, former Leaf James van Riemsdyk also took his baby skating, and it was equally adorable:
Crap… she loves it… guess this hockey thing is continuing on in the next generation 🏒 pic.twitter.com/TXEXx8Dw28
— Lauren (@LaurenJane2588) November 21, 2020
This tweet was making the rounds on Twitter yesterday, showing Canucks’ Adam Gaudette giving his bride something to truly remember their wedding by:
— Offside (@OffsideDH) November 24, 2020
His poor wife probably has this image seared into her brain.
The NHL and NHLPA are not seeing eye to eye on some contract modification talks. Will this impact the start of the season (even more than COVID already has?)
Hearing that NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman haven't spoken since last Thursday. Which speaks to how the players feel regarding the NHL's salary deferral/escrow asks. Still time to salvage this, however. I think next week is important.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 25, 2020
A Surprise Baby!
And finally, we end with this surprising news out of Chicago. Patrick Kane had a baby…and nobody knew he was expecting one!
— Patrick Kane (@88PKane) November 20, 2020
That’s all for this week, folks. Don’t forget to give us a shout on Twitter!