Zigomanis assures Leafs — “the nude photos are not of him”

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Toronto Marlies forward Mike Zigomanis swears the pictures aren’t him. And when you’re a professional athlete in the age we live in, you hate to have to do that.

The two pictures in question appeared on the U.S.-based website isanyoneup.com. Neither shot shows the subject’s face, but you can imagine what they do show.

In addition to the aforementioned pictures, there are also images of Zigomanis fully clothed. In these shots, his face is shown, thus leading the website’s visitors to believe the nude ones are him, too.

The Marlies are the AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. When asked to comment, Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke defended Zigomanis.

“Ziggy assures us that the clothed photos are of him, and were purloined off his Facebook account,” Burke wrote in an e-mail to QMI Agency. “He also assures us that the nude photos are not of him. He has retained a lawyer to help him put an end to this.”

Unfortunately for Zigomanis, there might not be much he can do.

First of all, if he claims copyright to the lascivious pictures (hey, if Burke can use the word “purloined,” we can use “lascivious”), he’s essentially admitting that they’re of him.

Zigomanis could also obtain a defamation order in hopes of obtaining the IP address of the person who posted the pictures on the website; however, as Toronto Internet lawyer Gil Zvulony tells QMI, that might not get him anywhere either.

“A U.S. court will not enforce a Canadian defamatory judgement,” Zvuolony said. “Sometimes that IP address would lead you to a dead end. A Canadian judge does not have power to have it removed from the site.”

So Zigomanis might be stuck.

Jiri Tlusty was not reached for comment.

PHT Morning Skate: Kevin Dineen’s power play ‘schmazel’

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Panthers coach Kevin Dineen was upset about a lot of things and thought last night’s 2-1 loss to Phoenix, “turned into a bit of a power play schmazel.” Laverne and Shirley are proud of that wording. (Sun-Sentinel)

Mario Lemieux skated with the Penguins! …But just for fun. He’s the owner, he can do stuff like that. (NHL)

Kyle Turris’ Sens debut saw him earn an assist on the eventual game-winning goal. That’ll do, Kyle. (Senators Extra)

Ryan Smyth would like some consistency in his game these days. Wouldn’t we all? (Edmonton Sun)

Martin St. Louis is back to practicing after his horrible shot in the face. (Lightning)

Canucks-Red Wings tonight should prove to be a good measuring stick for both teams. (Detroit Free Press)

Anyone seen Mike Cammalleri in Montreal? He’s needed to help the team get their season back on track. (Montreal Gazette)

They’re referring to Ryan Jones in Edmonton as a “junkyard dog” these days. If he starts walking around the locker room with a big chain around his neck, this wrestling/hockey mix is officially off the rails. (Edmonton Journal)

If you think you saw nude photos of Leafs player Mike Zigomanis, Brian Burke wants you to know it’s not him. Awkward. (Toronto Sun)

Cam Janssen wanted his fight with Mike Rupp to be a spark for the Devils last night. They lost 4-1 to the Rangers instead. (Star-Ledger)

Ottawa’s Jesse Winchester is on the concussion list now. (Sportsnet)

Michal Neuvirth is seizing the day in Washington. Carpeing diem? I never took Latin. (CSNWashington.com)

Travis Hamonic played over 28 minutes for the Isles in his hometown of Winnipeg. (Islanders)

Make it five in a row for the Wild. Losses, that is. (Russo’s Rants)

Quick hits: Aerosmith and the Stanley Cup, Leafs re-sign Mike Zigomanis and more

Here are a few stories from around the NHL that are worth mentioning, but might not have enough meat for a full post.

  • In faceoff-winning news, the Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed center Mike Zigomanis to a one-year deal. He played eight games for the Maple Leafs and 64 with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies last season, so my guess is that it might be a two-way contract. He’s a marginal player, but he’s exceptional in the faceoff circle: he won more than 52 percent in those eight games with Toronto and 62.9 percent in his other most recent run of NHL-level games (22 with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2008-09).