The suspension that is looming for Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly has been a hot topic of conversation all weekend long and it seems like it will very much continue into the week as we continue to await a decision from the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety.
The latest comes to us courtesy of Rielly's teammate, Maple Leafs enforcer Ryan Reaves, after Reaves made some pretty spicy comments about the whole situation on Monday. Reaves, much like Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe had done earlier, threw his full support behind his teammate and even had a few choice words for Ottawa Senators forward Ridly Greig as well.
"Kids these days, they’re playing a different brand of hockey than I’m used to," said Reaves. "The code’s changed a little bit. The game’s changed a lot and it’s unfortunate that a kid like that can get away with something like that and one of our best players is going to get suspended"
Reaves added that, when he entered the league, things would have been even worse for Greig.
"If you rewind to when I came into the league he's probably still laying on the ice," admitted Reaves. "I thought (Morgan Rielly's response) was appropriate. I don't see how a kid that young thinks it's appropriate to do something like that."
Reaves came right out and said it, calling this current generation of players simply too soft.
"Make hockey violent again, a tattoo I should get," said Reaves.