DJ Smith under fire after scratching a former Stanley Cup winner on his special night
BY MARCO JANUARY 18, 2023 (8:25 PM)
After signing Claude Giroux and getting Alex DeBrincat, the squad appeared ready to have a legitimate shot at the playoffs.
Unfortunately, they are currently 14th in the East, unchanged as last season.
Since the starting lineup seems to be quite excellent, DJ Smith, the head coach, has received a lot of criticism, and understandably so. They have one of the most dynamic top six units in the league, despite a poor defence and inconsistent goaltending.
Now that Mathieu Joseph has been healthy scratched, DJ Smith has lit the flames of hatred surrounding him.
Joseph is not just one of Ottawa's top bottom-six players, but he would also be facing his brother for the first time tonight in the NHL. Over 50 of Joseph's friends and family will be present due to the historic occasion. Mathieu will, regrettably, be observing from the press box.
Ian Mendes of The Athletic was investigating the situation further and revealed that this was more than simply a hockey move. In essence, this was a punishment issue.
Ruining what should have been a once-in-a-lifetime memory is heartless.
DJ isn't exactly gaining more admirers, if he wasn't already in hot water.