There won’t be a NHL participant extra hated than Nikita Kucherov proper now. First it was his epic tirade against Montreal Canadiens fans — and Marc-Andre Fleury — in his postgame press convention after the Tampa Bay Lightning gained the Stanley Cup.
Now, Kucherov has gone full heel in one of the best ways attainable. On Sunday, Kucherov posted an image of himself out on a ship holding each the Stanley Cup and the Lombardi Trophy gifted to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier within the 12 months. Whereas a neat image by itself, it’s the shirt Kucherov is sporting that has produced essentially the most waves out of hockey followers.
The shirt reads “18M over the cap” with an image of Kucherov consuming a beer at his postgame presser.
Speak about skilled stage trolling by Kucherov right here. Famously within the common season, Kucherov spent all the 12 months on injured reserve whereas recovering from surgical procedure however got here again within the playoffs to internet 32 factors in 23 postseason video games. As soon as Kucherov got here again within the playoffs, the Lightning went over the wage cap by $18 million, inflicting many hockey followers to cry cap circumvention.
Now, Kucherov is flipping the script and proudly flaunting his team’s incredibly legal and smart — but a smidge dishonest — roster maneuvers for the world to see.
I, personally, love Kucherov embracing his villain standing since successful back-to-back Stanley Cups. The hockey world wants its heroes and villains, and Kucherov is enjoying his half to perfection.