A Disgruntled Drew Doughty Went Scorched Earth On A Couple Big-Name NHLers, Which Was All But Guaranteed To Be Poorly Received
If you want to view these scathing comments from the mouth of someone whose performance as a franchise cornerstone defenseman this season has paled in comparison the 11 million dollars he's due annually starting next season through 2027 as sour grapes then be my guest. Much like the rest of an aging Kings' roster that has almost as many regulation wins as they do big names, Drew Doughty doesn't really have any room to talk from the cold, damp basement of the Western Conference.
That said, just so we're clear here, it's entirely the messenger that is the problem, as opposed to the actual message. The truth is that Matthew Tkachuk has gone far out of his way to make far more than his fair share of enemies in prioritizing his role as a pest, just as Brent Burns has gone far out of his way to make far more than his fair share of defensive blunders in prioritizing his play with the puck. No one really wants to hear that from the homeless-looking mouth of a notable douchebag and an underachieving defenseman whose plus/minus, as overrated a stat as it may be, speaks to his own massive failures in keeping the puck out of his net. Especially since he, himself lays claim to the most undeserved Norris Trophy in recent memory. However, in a very "takes one to know one" type way, he is pretty damn qualified to identify both dickheads and defensive liabilities alike.
If Matthew Tkachuk and Brent Burns keep producing as is then neither indictment really matters all that much. However, it's not crazy to think that the young player prides himself on being an asshole has yet to earn league-wide respect, just as it's not crazy to say that a former forward doesn't make for an impenetrable line of defense. It is crazy for Drew Doughty to think that he looks like anything other than a super salty hypocrite for taking it upon himself to deliver such harsh critiques, but we're not exactly talking about someone whose on-ice awareness has always been of thy self...