Ottawa Senators forward Tim Stutzle has been earning himself a less than sterling reputation around the National Hockey League, and on Saturday night it was made pretty apparent how others around the league are starting to feel about Stutzle's behavior.
On Saturday night, during a clash between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators, Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe unloaded on Stutzle after a penalty was called on Maple Leafs defenseman Simon Benoit. Benoit had gotten his stick tangled up in Stutzle's skates and was called for tripping, but Keefe was having absolutely none of it.
Now to be fair since I couldn't actually hear Keefe I can't attribute these comments to him directly but I'm pretty sure everyone watching this clip will come away with the same conclusion I have. This is what Keefe appeared to say based on a reading of his lips:
"Biggest diver in the f***ing NHL," screamed an infuriated Keefe. "Look at that shit."
I don't think you could fairly call this a dive on the part of Stutzle and it certainly wouldn't qualify as one of the more egregious dives we have seen from the young Senators forward already, but that didn't matter in this case. Unfortunately for Stutzle he has established a reputation for taking a dive, and there's little doubt in my mind that many of the penalties he draws moving forward will be viewed through a lens similar to the one Keefe viewed this play through tonight.