Toronto Maple Leafs GM Kyle Dubas called the Toronto Sun’s cover of John Tavares’ injury “extraordinarily insensitive.”
Dubas’s remarks come after the tabloid newspaper published a bloodied photo of the Leafs captain with the headline "Captain Crunched."
“I think that situations like that garner a significant amount of coverage, but as an organization we felt yesterday [Friday] that the Toronto Sun cover of their newspaper crossed the line and we found the cover to be disgusting,” Dubas said in media availability Saturday. “Just a complete lack of compassion on behalf of the Sun towards John and his family.”
Tavares was injured Thursday in Game 1 of Toronto's first-round series with the Montreal Canadiens.
In the first period of the game, Habs defenseman Ben Chiarot checked Tavares. As he went down, he collided with Montreal forward Corey Perry, who struck Tavares in the face with his knee as he attempted to jump over him.
Tavares was stretchered off the ice and brought to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, and after further examination was diagnosed with a concussion as well as a knee injury. The clinical assessments showed no structural damage to Tavares' head, neck and spine.
Dubas said the 30-year-old will be out indefinitely with the knee injury itself keeping him out of the lineup for a minimum of two weeks.
After a 2-1 loss Thursday, the Leafs came back with a 5-1 win over the Canadiens Saturday, tying the series at 1-1. The Leafs now head to Montreal for Game 3 on Monday with a chance to take the series lead.
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