Matthew Knies skates for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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Maple Leafs' Matthew Knies on the Verge of Being Scratched After Disrespecting Sheldon Keefe

Published January 25, 2024 at 3:31 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs won a thrilling 1-0 contest over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday, with plenty of positives and negatives coming out of the game, but the biggest story may be a small moment from Matthew Knies on the bench.

Matthew Knies shows Sheldon Keefe slight disrespect

The Leafs would ultimately go on to win this game on the back of a 32-save shutout from Ilya Samsonov, but it's another young name in the headlines after the game.

During the first period in which the Maple Leafs were outshot 16-4, Sheldon Keefe was talking to his team on the bench, when this small and easy to miss moment between he and Matthew Knies took place.

A potential scratch for the top-line winger?

While he was being talked too, Knies simply looked away from his Head Coach in an act of disrespect, and he may have already felt the ramifications, as third-line winger Nick Robertson ended the game with more ice-time than Knies.

That may just be a coincidence given that Robertson played well down the stretch, but it's hard to ignore the potential correlation between the minutes and the moment of disrespect, and now a potential scratch could be a possibility.

Ultimately, Knies has played well this year, putting together 8 goals and 17 points in 44 games played, but if Keefe took notice of the small moment of disrespect, then there could be a punishment on the way.

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Maple Leafs' Matthew Knies on the Verge of Being Scratched After Disrespecting Sheldon Keefe

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