After being waived by the Arizona Coyotes this January after playing 26 games, Steve Downie had a lot to say about the brief time he had with his former team.
Downie went on an epic Twitter rant criticizing the Coyotes, invoking NHL folk hero John Scott in the process.
Dave Tippett is a fairly well respected coach across the league and has held his job through numerous seasons of untenable ownership turmoil and somehow was able to steady the ship. Though Downie doesn’t have much appreciation for that, apparently. Saying an OHL (Canadian Major Junior) team is better run than an NHL team, even one like the Coyotes, is saying something. Also admitting to quitting on your team is fairly bold too.
But those tweets weren’t the end of his rant: just the beginning.
John Scott of course is the NHL “goon” who was voted as Pacific Division captain in the All Star Game last January and was sent down to the minors just before the game in order to try to revoke his eligibility for the game, but not before he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. Downie has a point, though by now, that’s all water under the bridge.
But again, he wasn’t done.
Interesting. And then he decided to go back to John Scott and focus on Colin Campbell’s role in the controversy.
But, as it turned out, it wasn’t enough for now.
The former GM of the team, Don Maloney, is now not with the team anymore, so many of these issues could well be resolved under the new regime. But with hockey’s aversion to players who speak their mind out like this, maybe Downie won’t be just out of the picture in Arizona, but beyond there as well.