William Lagesson’s agent has put Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett on the blast to scratch him just before the game.
In a tweet posted Sunday night, Lagesson’s agent, Allan Walsh, said Lagesson had his best game in the NHL Friday night against Seattle.
Walsh then accused Tippett of not telling Lagesson he was out for Sunday’s game against the LA Kings, of not telling him to skate with the scratches, and so just before the game told him he would not play.
“It’s the kind of disrespect from a coach that destroys teams,” Walsh said. “William Lagesson has done everything the organization has asked him to do.
“Players get itchy and have no problem with it. All we ask is to be treated with respect, and Dave Tippett has shown that he does not care about doing it with his players.”
Lagesson had a strong night Friday against Seattle. In 14:54 minutes with 5 × 5, the Oilers controlled 79.17 percent of the shot attempts and 61.57 percent of the expected target share.
Lagesson was made a late scrape prior to the Kings match, with the team activating Darnell Nurse from the injured reserve prior to the match. Edmonton had dressed seven defenders for warm-up if Nurse would not be able to play.
William Lagesson has done everything the organization has asked him to do. Players get scratched and have no problems with it. All we ask is to be treated with respect, and Dave Tippett has shown that he does not care about doing it with his players. https://t.co/CmMUrhDk3j
– Allan Walsh (@walsha) December 6, 2021
Walsh also represents Edmonton Oilers prospect Ostap Safin.
Zach Laing is Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by e-mail at [email protected]