QUOTABILITY-O-METER

Talk­ing the talk: these stars shine bright be­cause their tongues glean with sil­ver. Who are the best quip­sters in the NHL to­day?

The Hockey News - - BUZZ - BY MATT LARKIN

KING OF THE QUOTE

> P.K. SUBBAN

Subban earns the crown on sheer vol­ume. He never runs out of things to say, and he cranks up the com­edy. His piece

de re­sis­tance: claim­ing he’d use Lis­ter­ine in the 2017 Stan­ley Cup fi­nal after Sidney Crosby al­legedly told Subban his breath stank. Later, Subban re­vealed he had made up the whole ex­change.

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> EVGENY KUZNETSOV

A lan­guage bar­rier may be to blame, but we don’t care. Kuznetsov brings the heat with his un­ri­valled blunt­ness. Asked early in 2018-19 if he con­sid­ered him­self a top-five player in the league, he snuffed out the ques­tion with, “I don’t give a s--- about that.” Never change, ‘Kuzy.’

MIC DROPPER

> PATRIK

LAINE

The Jets’ star sniper has be­come quite the troll artist. After the Van­cou­ver Canucks banned play­ers from play­ing the ad­dic­tive video game

Fort­nite on the road, Laine said, “They needed some­thing to blame after last year,” and that the Jets should dis­card their PlayS­ta­tions if they start play­ing like the Canucks. Shots fired on and off the ice!

FIRE BREATHER

> JOHN TORTORELLA There’s no more quotable coach in hockey to­day than ‘Torts’ or, more specif­i­cally, the en­raged, post-loss ver­sion of him. He keeps things short and not-so-sweet, en­sur­ing the me­dia un­der­stands how badly his team “stunk” be­fore storm­ing away. Bring a stop­watch to his pressers, as he’s seem­ingly al­ways try­ing to break his own un­of­fi­cial record for short­est ses­sion.

SOUND BITER

> PAUL MAU­RICE No one says more with less. Mau­rice, the NHL’s wit­ti­est coach, comes up with a few golden one-lin­ers ev­ery sea­son. After some San Jose Sharks play­ers crit­i­cized the city of Winnipeg as a hated road des­ti­na­tion last year, Mau­rice put them in their place: “I don’t think any coach, any player, trainer, ref­eree should ever com­plain about a day in the Na­tional Hockey League.”

TWEETY BIRD

> ROBERTO LUONGO Luongo is as well spo­ken as any player in the game, but he re­ally lords above the pack on Twit­ter. His ac­count, @strom­bone1, churns out funny re­marks and, most famously, self-dep­re­cat­ing tweets when he has a bad night in net.

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