Steven Stamkos hearts, then unhearts Toronto tweet
The Steven Stamkos silly season continues.
With Stamkos, 25, the Lightning superstar captain, still not not signed to a contract extension, and due for unrestricted agency in July, everyone is trying to read the Maple Leaf tea leaves - or, Twitter feed.
Social media was abuzz Wednesday afternoon when Stamkos, a Markham, Ontario native, hit "like" on a tweet by TSN of a video asking if the Maple Leafs should go after the All-Star center. Seemingly minutes later, Stamkos unliked the tweet.
Stamkos indicated he didn't realize he hit the "like" button.
"It was accidental," he said.
Believe Stamkos or not, making truth out of Twitter likes is grasping. With both sides, Stamkos' agents at Newport Sports and GM Steve Yzerman, declining to discuss the negotiations publicly, everyone is grasping for straws on what might be going on in Stamkos' head.
But this isn't a first "TwitterGate" for Stamkos. Two summers ago, back in 2014, Stamkos favorited a tweet of a story from The Hockey News that pondered if a young NHL star would follow the lead of the NBA's LeBron James and go back to his hometown team. Stamkos claimed then it was an accident.
"You talk about having a pocket dial, that was a pocket favorite of a tweet," Stamkos said in September 2014. "You press the favorite button by accident and an hour later Twitter blew up. But you live and learn and I’ll be more careful on the favorite button the next time around."
Oh, the power of a pocket Tweet.
Should make for some fun in Toronto next Tuesday, eh?