Following his first start after being traded to the Edmonton Oilers, goaltender Ben Scrivens posted a series of tweets to his verified Twitter account (@scrivens_30) that were critical of a blog that the Edmonton Sun ran on Thursday, along with some of the comments it received.
The blog, written by columnist Anthony Vasquez-Peddie (@AVPreports), took aim at selective tweets from Scrivens' wife's Twitter account regarding her feelings about the weather in Los Angeles.
"The big loser in Wednesday's trade that sent goalie Ben Scrivens from the Los Angeles Kings to the Edmonton Oilers may be Mrs. Scrivens," Vasquez-Peddie wrote. "Ben, who was born in Spruce Grove, is used to crippling Alberta winters.
"Based on her Twitter feed, Jenny Scrivens, a native Californian, clearly is not. Jenny couldn't have been happier after her husband was traded to the Kings last off-season after spending three years in Toronto with the Maple Leafs. Now that she's headed back to the Great White North, however, she has to deal with awful things like fall, snow and ice."
Vasquez-Peddie pointed out a series of tweets from Jenny Scrivens's Twitter feed first published by The Sporting News.
"Exactly!," she tweeted just after the Leafs-Kings trade. "I paid my dues with 3 years in Toronto and 4 in New York. And I will never complain about weather again. Ever."
Scrivens, who was acquired in a deal from the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday, was quick to defend his wife with his own response on social media.
"Hey @AVPreports, classy move writing a slam story by cherry-picking tweets my wife sent to make it seem like she doesn't like Edmonton," he wrote. "You're gutless. And to those of you who commented on the article or tweeted at her about how she's lazy (even though she's not in Edmonton now because she has a fulltime job in LA she can't just up and leave) or that she married rich (even though we got married while I was playing in the AHL) or that she's dumb (she's an Ivy League and graduate school grad), just know I'm embarrassed that you are an Edmontonian.
"Way to make my family feel welcome."
Vasquez-Peddie responded to Ben Scrivens's tweets later in the evening, explaining it was just a tongue-in-cheek feature.
"A few things first," he wrote. "1) The blog was not an attack on Jenny Scrivens. She wrote tweets about how happy she was in L.A., in particular ... How much she enjoyed the weather as compared to Toronto.
"Now that her husband is moving to Edmonton, she'll be forced to experience...Bad weather again. Complaining about the weather is something everybody does. The way she did in the first tweet shown in the blog...Was something many people poked fun at. Sort of an 'Uh oh, here we go again' moment. The idea of the blog was based on that.
Is it gossipy clickbait? Absolutely, and that's how it was sold. We have plenty of beat writers for analysis, I wanted to provide levity."