Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas on Saturday ripped the Toronto Solar for a “disgusting” cowl photograph of John Tavares after the group captain had taken a knee to the top within the group’s opening-round recreation vs. the Canadiens. The quilt featured a caption that learn, “Captain Crunched.”
The 30-year-old was stretchered off the ice within the first interval on Thursday after taking an inadvertent knee from Montreal’s Corey Perry. The Maple Leafs went on to lose Sport 1 of the opening spherical sequence.
“I do know that the gamers and our teaching employees are centered on Sport 2 on right here tonight, however I need to tackle one different difficulty on behalf of the group and most significantly our gamers and their households,” Dubas instructed reporters (by way of NHL insider Chris Johnston). “I feel that conditions like that garner a big quantity of protection, however as a corporation we felt yesterday that the Toronto Solar cowl of their newspaper crossed the road and we discovered the quilt to be disgusting.
“I perceive and we perceive right here that the writers and columnists don’t have any enter into the covers of papers or headlines, however we simply thought that it was extroardinarily insensitive on the a part of the Solar with reference to the photograph and the caption that accompanied the state of affairs yesteray. Only a full lack of compassion and respect on behalf of the Solar in direction of John and his household, particularly for such an upstanding member of our group neighborhood and his household that needed to endure that.”
Right here is the quilt in query, which ran Friday earlier than the publication was conscious of Tavares’ harm standing.
When The Toronto Solar went to print this morning, John Tavares’s situation remained unknown and so they nonetheless went forward with an totally tasteless pun on its entrance web page.
Think about his situation took a flip for the more severe in a single day and “Captain Crunched” is what these ghouls printed. pic.twitter.com/tblgpJZv7Y
— Mike Beauvais (@MikeBeauvais) May 21, 2021
The Maple Leafs later Friday morning launched an replace on Tavares, saying he had been launched from the hospital after staying in a single day. He has been dominated out indefinitely with a concussion.
It was a scary second as Tavares lay inclined on the ice, particularly after trainers rushed out to evaluate him: He was unable to carry himself up, and needed to be held as much as keep away from inflicting additional harm. He supplied a thumbs up on the stretcher.
Solar editor in chief Adrienne Batra acknowledged the quilt on Saturday earlier than Dubas’ feedback, saying the publication “meant no disrespect” to Tavares, his household or the Maple Leafs.
The Toronto Solar’s Editor In Chief responded in Saturday’s Letters part to the criticism directed in direction of the paper for its front-page on Friday. pic.twitter.com/EmDIgM0EmH
— Kevin McGran (@kevin_mcgran) May 22, 2021
Toronto will face Montreal in Sport 2 at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday. They may achieve this with out their heart, who this season has scored 50 factors (19 targets, 31 assists).