Steve Downie, the well-traveled agitator who played in 26 games for Arizona last season, has taken to social media to carve his former club.
Via his Twitter account (@stevedownie23), Downie lit into the Coyotes and head coach Dave Tippett — among others — at one point saying that if he was an agent, “I would not let any of my players go anywhere near that team.”
Downie, 29, is currently without a club, having split last season between the Coyotes and their AHL affiliate. He was signed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal in free agency but was a healthy scratch on a number of occasions before getting waived.
Prior to that, had missed a fairly significant period of time with an upper-body injury.
In his rant, Downie took aim at a number of individuals, though the majority of the vitriol was directed at Tippett. Downie referred to his former head coach as an “idiot,” saying that Tippett and assistant coach Newell Brown were “running a great program down.”
Downie also alluded to Tippett’s (alleged) shoddy treatment of popular enforcer John Scott — who was traded from Arizona just prior to his improbable All-Star Game MVP win — and suggested the club was partly responsible for an injury suffered by AHLer Christian Thomas last season.
Here are screenshots of the entire rant:
Auston Matthews’ 33rd goal includes a dash of comedy (Video)
This wouldn’t have been worth a chuckle if not for the correction. (Well, maybe a chuckle at Auston Matthews‘ expense.)
On the 33rd goal of his brilliant rookie season, Auston Matthews made it 2-0 for Toronto on the power play. Crusty “act like you’ve been there” types might grumble that he actually celebrated before a goal really happened, only to tap it in for real the second time around. The rest of us, again, get a mild chuckle.
William Nylander‘s pass was nothing to laugh at, however. That one just gets a big thumbs up.
Both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs have motivation to win their Wednesday game, but the Maple Leafs need it more.
So far, it shows, too.
The Maple Leafs have raced off to a 2-0 lead, with Auston Matthews scoring his 33rd goal of the season. If generating such offense didn’t highlight the urgency, Connor Carrick‘s huge hit on Josh Anderson makes a compelling argument. Witness that big impact in the video above.
There was also another high-impact moment when Nick Foligno went crashing into the boards:
Ouch, Blues consider Paul Stastny out week-to-week
Stastny generated 18 goals and 40 points in 66 games so far this season. He has played more of a defensive role this season (46.2 offensive zone start percentage after being closer to 50 earlier in his Blues days) and has been impressive in the dot, winning 53.8 of his faceoffs.
WATCH LIVE: Islanders at Rangers – Wednesday Night Rivalry
A night after a feisty matcuhup with the Devils, the Rangers host an even bigger rival in the Islanders at Madison Square Garden for Wednesday Night Rivalry on NBCSN.
As nasty as Tuesday’s contest got at times, this one means more.
While the Rangers seem pretty safely seated as the East’s first wild card, the Islanders stand three points behind the Maple Leafs for the final spot in the conference. They’ve seen other bubble teams stumble, so this is their chance to close in on Toronto in what might be a shrinking field of contenders.
Spiting the Islanders might just give the Rangers a little extra life on back-to-back nights … especially since their fans would probably let them have it if they sleepwalk through this one.
It should be a fun, physical and dramatic one on NBCSN. You can also watch online and via the NBC Sports App.