Vancouver Province writer Jason Botchford made a big splash on Thursday by reporting on Joe Thornton’s graphic plans for a future four-goal celebration, but his story ended any chance he had of dealing with at least one NHL player.
“That’s pretty disappointing as a player to see that,” Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul said on TSN 1050 this afternoon. “[Media are] given full access to our room. Where’s it stop? What else can they report on while they’re in there if you’re gonna do things off the record?
“I would hope to not see that guy in our room and certainly I’d never give him a quote again.”
Asked if he thought other players would follow suit in blackballing Botchford, Lupul replied, “I hope so.”
“I think he overstepped his boundaries and he’s not been apologetic over it. What’s he gonna report on next? I thought it was offside.”
While Lupul wants to hold the print media to a “what happens in the locker room stays in the locker room” standard, he says he expects things to loosen up for HBO’s 24/7, whose crews are following the Leafs now ahead of their participation in the 2014 Winter Classic.
“The way the HBO show is, they want what’s behind the scenes. I don’t know if they necessarily want that quote, but they want guys hanging out, the brotherhood,” he said. “Whereas a reporter . . . who is writing for a newspaper, I think when you’re in a scrum, anything you say can be used, but they shouldn’t use you talking to your buddy.”