The hockey world was absolutely set ablaze (see what we did there?) in July when the Calgary Flames acquired both Jonathan Huberdeau and MacKenzie Weegar from the Florida Panthers in exchange for gritty and scoring forward Matthew Tkachuk; the latter was immediately inked to a massive contract extension by the Panthers, and it wasn't long before Huberdeau followed suit and signed long term with his new team as well.
Both teams have since gathered for training camp, and it will mark the first camp for ex-Los Angeles Kings forward Tyler Toffoli with the Flames after he was acquired from Montreal at last season's trade deadline. Of course, Toffoli already knows current Flames coach Darryl Sutter well, as the pair lifted the Cup together in Los Angeles in 2014.
And when it came time for Sutter's media availability late yesterday, fans noticed an immediate subtle jab towards Tkachuk when a reporter asked the veteran head coach's comparison between him and Toffoli.
Reporter: “Is there any comparison between Tkachuk and Toffoli?"
Sutter: "One guy's won Stanley Cups and been a big part of long playoff runs."
In the words of Austin Powers, "Ouch baby. Very ouch."
It was earlier this offseason that Flames forward Adam Ruzicka dropped a big hint as to a potential reason for Tkachuk being shipped out of town:
"I don’t know what else played a role there but he really insisted on becoming a captain and I think they couldn’t fulfill that request which played a big role in him leaving," said Ruzicka during the interview.
If the words of Ruzicka are to be believed, it's not inconceivable that the old-school Sutter was certainly rubbed the wrong way by the now ex-Flames forward's actions.