One of the most infamous moments to come out of the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs occurred between a defenseman and a goaltender. I am of course referring to the incident that took place between former Florida Panthers defenseman Radko Gudas and Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Joseph Woll.
The incident produced an iconic photo but it also caused many to question the toughness, or lack thereof, of the Maple Leafs roster given that Gudas' primal scream into the face of Woll went largely unpunished. The Maple Leafs organization no doubt felt the same way, at least in part, because they went out this summer and signed National Hockey League enforcer Ryan Reaves to a lucrative contract.
Reaves will be expected to police things for the Leafs over the course of the next several years and he was asked specifically about the Woll/Gudas incident during the Leafs Golf Classic on Monday. Unsurprisingly, Reaves laughed off such a notion and sent a clear warning to Gudas in the process.
"I hope he tries that," laughed Reaves. "That would be interesting wouldn't it? That would be fun. I doubt there's gonna be any of that here."
Reaves is getting ahead of things early and putting both Gudas, who recently signed with the Anaheim Ducks, and the rest of the NHL on notice.