So you may have heard that the Florida Panthers signed 2013 second overall draft pick Aleksander Barkov to a contract extension. What does this have to do with the Toronto Maple Leafs, you ask?
Well, Barkov invited fellow Finnish-Russian player Leo Komarov - who is in Florida tonight, as the Panthers host the Leafs in Toronto's penultimate game before the All-Star Break - to the press conference officially announcing his extension.
@KevinSpacey thanks 4 the good luck I'm in for 6 more years noon presser tomorrow @LKomarov your invited...Thanks @FlaPanthers @Dougielarge— Aleksander Barkov (@Barkovsasha95) January 25, 2016
... Only to be turned down.
@Barkovsasha95 @KevinSpacey can't make it i will congratulate you komarov style 2morrow, congrats buddy #headsup #seeyouinmyhockeyschool— Leo Komarov (@LKomarov) January 25, 2016
Of course, later tonight, we'll likely found out the very specific details of just what Komarov Style entails. Hopefully it's All-Star quality, because that's how Komarov is going to spend his weekend!
And to confirm: Komarov, indeed, did not show up.
Barkov extension formally announced ... No sign of @LKomarov pic.twitter.com/vHWXbHvbaR— Mark Masters (@markhmasters) January 26, 2016