William Lagesson’s agent has put Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett on blast for scratching him just before the game.
In a tweet posted Sunday night, Lagesson’s agent, Allan Walsh, said Lagesson had his best game in the NHL Friday night against Seattle.
Walsh then accused Tippett of not telling Lagesson that he’s out for Sunday’s game against the L.A. Kings, not telling him to skate with the scratches, then telling him just before the game he wouldn’t be playing.
“It’s the kind of disrespect from a coach that destroys teams,” Walsh said. “William Lagesson has done everything asked of him by the organization.
“Players get scratched and have no issues with that. All we ask is to be treated with respect and Dave Tippett has shown he doesn’t care to do that with his players.”
Lagesson did have a strong night Friday against Seattle. In 14:54 minutes of 5×5, the Oilers controlled 79.17 percent of the shot attempts and 61.57 percent of the expected goal share.
Lagesson was made a late scratch ahead of the Kings game with the team activating Darnell Nurse off injured reserve ahead of the game. Edmonton had dressed seven defencemen for warmups in case Nurse wouldn’t be able to play.
Walsh also represents Edmonton Oilers prospect Ostap Safin.
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]