Philadelphia Flyers coach Alain Vigneault has pushed again towards accusations made by Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner that appeared to implicate Vigneault and the Flyers within the medical malpractice of gamers.
Lehner posted a collection of tweets on Saturday concerning the remedy of gamers by NHL groups in an effort to deliver consideration to the stalemate between the Buffalo Sabres and Lehner’s former teammate Jack Eichel over his surgical procedure choices.
Lehner tweeted that benzodiazepines and Ambien are repeatedly given to gamers for journey and that “many groups with out prescriptions simply hand it out.” In a follow-up tweet, Lehner appeared to indicate that the Flyers had been one such group and referred to as for Vigneault to be fired.
“I used to be clearly very upset,” Vigneault mentioned at Flyers camp Monday. “So far as me pushing tablets, I do not want one other revenue. I don’t know the place that comes from. I do not know what else to say. I don’t know.”
To make his level about what the coach mentioned was false info, Vigneault requested a reporter if he believed COVID-19 was actual. “Lots of people do not,” mentioned the coach. “Do you consider vaccines are good? Some folks consider should you get the vaccine, you turn out to be a magnet, or that it adjustments their DNA. Do you consider President [Joe] Biden received the election? Lots of people do not. So there was one thing that was thrown on the market that’s utterly false.”
Lehner instructed ESPN’s Emily Kaplan on Monday that he wasn’t making an attempt to accuse Vigneault of distributing tablets to gamers. He mentioned his declare was about the way in which the coach treats his gamers, which he believes is unacceptable.
In one in every of his tweets, Lehner referred to as Vigneault a “dinosaur” amongst coaches.
“I do not know the younger man. [He said] that I used to be a dinosaur. I contemplate myself skilled. Dinosaur? You may say that with expertise you turn out to be a dinosaur, perhaps? I do know that I have been teaching a couple of years. I’m powerful. I’m demanding. However I care about my gamers. I need their finest. By way of the years, some guys have appreciated me and a few guys somewhat bit much less. However I’ve completed it with the very best intentions, with respect,” Vigneault mentioned.
Vigneault mentioned he did not know why Lehner singled him out on Twitter.
The NHL mentioned it’s in search of extra info from Lehner concerning his accusations. Vigneault mentioned he hasn’t been contacted by the league.
Lehner mentioned he had a productive name Sunday with the NHL Gamers’ Affiliation, which he additionally referred to as out in his tweets.
James van Riemsdyk, the Flyers’ NHLPA rep, mentioned he hasn’t seen gamers who’ve abused treatment given by groups and not using a prescription.
“I feel the sport’s come a good distance throughout the course of my profession. However I am certain there are guys battling points. I am not going to be blind and naïve to that,” he mentioned Monday. “However this era of gamers is extra keen to ask questions. Whether or not it is groups or the league or the PA, through the years, they’re making an attempt to tell guys on the seriousness of sure substances.”