In A Move That Reminds Us That Bad Blood Still Boils In The Summer, Ryan Kesler Randomly Called Out Ryan Johansen On Twitter For No Apparent Reason
I'd say the following are probably pertinent viewing as what little context can be provided for the most oddly-timed chirp...
I don't want to treat this as more than it actually is, with what it actually is being a professional athlete who prides himself on being a douchebag (and I mean that in the most respectable sense of the word) shamelessly living up to that label by choosing the quietest of times to get loud in the direction of a rival with which he harbors as personal a beef as you'll find in the NHL. When it comes to what they both provide on the ice at this point in their careers, Ryan Kesler is very much punching up at Ryan Johansen, and - with there being no publicly shared reason for him to do so during the dead summer - it comes across social media as snark that was motivated more so by boredom than bitterness.
That being said, I'll take what I can get when it comes to professional hockey players pissing on pleasantries and precedent in continuing their feud off the ice for all to see. As a fan that holds near and dear the nonsensical notion that every player I root for has an irrational hatred of every player with which he doesn't share a uniform, I appreciate this level of unrelenting resentment. It showed itself pretty randomly, but seeing as the summer is typically the time in which we are most often reminded of how tight-knit the hockey community is, it was a welcomed change to see two of its own plan to come to blows while talking out the trash.
There's no shortage of ways in which the NHL can learn from the NBA's mastery of Twitter as a marketing tool, and none the least of which is encouraging their players to air out their grievances by way of WiFi. Not that this is anything other the rarest of exceptions to the rule (as made obvious by their clear unfamiliarity with how to even use the app) and grown men that play a sport in which humility is too highly valued are going to start using public forums to lay the framework for long overdue street fights too often. However, I think I speak for all non-repressed hockey fans when I say that it would be a whole lot cooler if they did.