Growing up, one of Ryan McLeod’s favourite players was Ryan Smyth.
And now, the latter is complimenting the former. Smytty, who the Oilers are set to honour Thursday night, said he sees a bit of himself in the third-liner.
“I don’t mind that McLeod,” said Smyth. “I wasn’t nearly as fast as McLeod, but I watched him a little bit last night and that would be one.”
The largest thing I see is both of their high hockey IQ. McLeod utilizes his speed as one of his biggest assets to get to dangerous areas in the offensive zone, and is a hound on pucks defensively. Smyth always felt the same way, but as he admitted — he just didn’t quite have the same speed.
Goodwill sponsors Coyotes
The jokes write themselves, folks.
The Arizona Coyotes announced Thursday that Goodwill has become their helmet sponsor for home games.
As part of it, the Coyotes will have a “Round Up at the Register” program to help donate funds for Goodwill as part of the new sponsorship. Ads will appear on digital signage and players will make appearances at future opening of stores.
Should Auston Matthews have fought?
Much has been made about Auston Matthews’ exchange with Travis Konecny Wednesday night. The two players jabbed at each other, before Matthew’s Leafs teammates jumped in.
Tyler Yaremchuk and Mike McKenna discussed it Thursday on the Daily Faceoff LIve.
Mike McKenna: “[Matthews] doesn’t have to drop the gloves, but he also doesn’t have to keep poking the bear. I watched through this and I couldn’t believe my eyes at how Matthews just stood there laughing, waiting for his henchmen to come in and save him, not once but twice.
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at [email protected]