The Tampa Bay Lightning have given the Detroit Red Wings fits over the years, but they’ve never mocked the team. Lightning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev was hitting the Toronto Maple Leafs will a double-barreled assault, however.
Speaking to Russia’s Sport24 website, Sergachev was later claiming his statements about the Maple Leafs were lost in translation. However, his attempts at clarification didn’t exactly soften the blow.
Mikhail Sergachev takes to Instagram to clarify false translation from an interview he did in Russian with Sport24.
The false translation: “Wow, [Toronto] wins one series in 19 years then immediately loses. They deserve no credit. No other team would celebrate such a thing.” pic.twitter.com/syvPr6JjIC
— BarDown (@BarDown) August 3, 2023
Sergachev was insisting Toronto had “no reason to celebrate” following their first-round win over the Lightning in last spring’s Stanley Cup playoffs. It marked the first time the Leafs were moving on to Round 2 since 2004. However, Toronto was quickly dispatched in the second round in a five-game loss to the Florida Panthers.
“I don’t want to give them credit,” Sergachev continued. “Why? They don’t deserve (it).”
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A two-time 30-goal scorer in the AHL, right-winger Riley Barber was pacing the Grand Rapids Griffins with 28 goals during the 2021-22 season. He also saw action in four games for the Red Wings that season. Barber, 29, also suited up in the NHL with the Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals.
Riley Barber, one of the AHL's purest snipers in recent seasons, officially is on his way from Texas to the KHL. https://t.co/fgva38ocsR
— PATRICK WILLIAMS (@pwilliamsAHL) August 3, 2023
Next season, though, he’ll be playing on the other side of the hockey world. Barber is in agreement on contract terms with Barys of the KHL.
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