NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 01: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders makes the first period stop on J.T. Brown #23 of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Barclays Center on November 1, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

This Week in NHL Stupid: Lost communications

Welcome once again to another edition of “This Week in NHL Stupid”, where we track the stupid, silly, and ugly in the National Hockey League for the week. This week, we unveiled the name of the league’s newest franchise: The Vegas Golden Knights. Now, the stupidity isn’t in the name, but in the presentation.

The stupid part about it is that the “Vegas Hockey Placeholder” slate was up for over 30 seconds before anybody realized that something was wrong. I mean, they were showing the history of the franchise which started five months ago, so “Vegas Hockey Placeholder” for thirty seconds was an accurate description of the history of the franchise, but stupid nonetheless.

But then they doubled down on the stupid by trying it again:

Oh for the love. Forget about booing Gary Bettman, boo the audio visual team! Boooooooooooooo!!! And boo the planners who thought that this needed by be drawn out for 20 minutes when it should have taken 10. Boooooooooooooo!!!

Hey, speaking of technology getting us all in trouble, how about J.T. Brown of the Lightning? He had just finished up defending the honor of his team after a blindside hit by the Nashville Predators. But then things got a little strange as Brown left the ice.

Probably not smart by Brown to bother reaching up to break a fan’s cell phone. Not a great optic. But the fan heckled Brown while reaching out with his cell phone. If you don’t want your hand bit off, then don’t put it in the tiger cage, right? Especially when the tiger is clearly agitated. So while the Lightning did the smart thing and replaced the guy’s phone, there seemed to be plenty of stupid to go around on this one.

Okay, here’s some conventional stupid that needs no real explanation except to say that Troy Brouwer … missed.

Kris Versteeg missed nine games with an injury, then he comes back to his own teammate sending him crumpling to the ice. Tough life, sometimes.

Well, that’s it. Hope you had as good a Thanksgiving as David Backes did …