This league is so weird sometimes.
On top of the hockey actually being played, hockey fans are getting the chance to see players, coaches and media members going off on uhh…very strange social media tangents. More on that below.
The second round continues on, with lots of games today. Dallas currently leads Colorado 2-0 in their series, Philly is up 1-0 against the Islanders, and both Tampa-Boston and Vegas-Vancouver are tied a one game apiece.
Speaking of Vancouver
Elias Pettersson is a cheat code
How is this even fair?
That wraparound pass still makes my brain hurt, and Tyler Toffoli just looks shocked that the puck is on his stick.
The Canucks are heating up at the right time, but it’s going to take everything going right, and a lot going wrong for Vegas for them to beat the Golden Knights. Right now, underlying numbers still favour Vegas, but if any player can change that, it’s Pettersson.
NHL players being weird online
San Jose Sharks captain Logan Couture tweeted this about how he apparently got sucker-punched in Toronto after he expressed that he would vote Republican if he were American.
Besides this tweet having that “and then everyone clapped” energy, it’s also like, super weird.
He then proceeded to call out Sportsnet’s Tara Slone for liking this tweet. Slone never responded or tweeted about Couture’s comment before being @’ed by Couture. Couture has since deleted the tweet.
This type of comment is even more bizarre considering his teammate Evander Kane is co-head of the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Since forming the HDA, Kane has been extremely vocal about the treatment of visible minorities in hockey, and society. How does he feel knowing that his teammate might not hold the same views? Someone needs to ask Kane and Couture about this.
Another weird NHL social media moment came courtesy of Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault who decided it would be fun to reply to every comment on Instagram trashing him for apparently diving? I don’t know, I couldn’t find any clips of that happening in this series.
Unlike Couture’s comments, Marchessault’s just come off as very (very) annoyed and pissed off. Comments on his Instagram were turned off when I went to go check. Just making sure no one else is going to waste his time.
These comments from Marchessault and Couture join the ranks of other strange social media posts from the hockey world. Jack Edwards had that now-infamous Svechnikov tweet and Mike Milbury called the CN Tower the Space Needle.
2020 makes no sense.
Leafs trade Kapanen
Kasperi Kapanen heads back to the team that drafted him in Pittsburgh in exchange for the 15th overall in one of the deepest drafts ever, Filip Hallander (2018 2nd rounder) and David Warsofsky (AHL).
I don’t really understand Pittsburgh giving away this much, but at his cap hit, Kapanen can be a very good third line winger, and fringe top-six.
Not sure if he’s worth a first rounder, but if he can turn into another Bryan Rust or Jason Zucker, Pittsburgh will be happy.
For Toronto, they clear some cap space as they literally need every single cent they can get their hands on. Leafs GM Kyle Dubas somehow convinced Pittsburgh’s GM Jim Rutherford that Kapanen is worth a first rounder and solid prospect, which was shocking to see.
- Happy retirement to defenceman Mike Green, who we should all agree should be retroactively given the 2008-09 Norris. Read this great story on Green in The Athletic, written by Tarik El-Bashir.
- Anthony Beauvillier is so good sometimes, and it’s too bad that the skill set he flashes doesn’t translate every game. He’s been real nice these playoffs.