A National Hockey League agent, although admittedly not the most credible source in the business, has just fired shots across the bow after a bombshell report that dropped yesterday regarding Montreal Canadiens star forward Jonathan Drouin.
The news for broke when Montreal journalist Tom Lapointe reported that Drouin had suffered a knee injury during a charity hockey tournament put on by Pittsburgh Penguins star defenseman Kris Letang. The charity event, an annual event known as the Tournoi Kris Letang," was held in Quebec this week and that is reportedly where and when Drouin had suffered the injury.
Additionally Lapointe reported that this injury was believed to be very serious in nature and there were at least some anomalies on Drouin's calendar that appeared to indicate that something was in fact very suspicious. Drouin had two big events on his schedule ahead of him in the next few days and he has since suddenly and rather mysteriously pulled out of both events without sighting a reason for his absence. The first event was another charity tournament known as the "c," while the other was a boot camp that had been schedule in Quebec this week. The Boot Camp is especially noteworthy because all signs indicated that he would be attending up until Letang's charity tournament but suddenly Drouin cancelled with just 4 days of notice prior to the event.
Lapointe's report however has now been challenged by Allan Walsh, the player agent that currently represents Jonathan Drouin and as a result his initial report is now being called into question. Now obviously a players agent is at no time going to be an unbiased source and Walsh may be the worst of the bunch in that regard, at least in my opinion, but he has issued an outright denial of Lapointe's report.
Here's what Walsh had to say on Saturday:
In the stupidity department, some rumor websites are “reporting” that Jonathan Drouin injured a knee playing summer hockey. Total BS. He’s 100% healthy. Everyone can go back now to enjoying their summer.
There are a few questions that now immediately come to mind. The first is which of these two men is currently telling the truth? Have Lapointe's sources fed him some bogus information or is Walsh merely covering for his client who would face backlash if he were to be seriously injured as reported. Had Drouin been injured in training camp or during an offseason workout it would have been one thing but to be injured in an exhibition game that is in no way related to the Canadiens would be a more difficult pill for that fan base to swallow.
The other big question of course is regarding Drouin's sudden changes in schedule. If he is indeed healthy why did he skip out on the "Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron?" The event is put on everyone year by Boston Bruins' forward Patrice Bergeron as well as former Boston Bruin Simon Gagne and usually sees a very high level of participation from French Canadian players especially. This year was no different and although the event was a huge success this week, Drouin was notable for his absence.
With conflicting reports this has to remain classified as a rumor for now but it will be interesting to see if Lapointe responds to Walsh and backs up his sources.
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