It had to be expected... The Philadelphia Flyers are facing the San Jose Sharks tonight, and after a brutal start, in which the Sharks tallied two quick goals in 11 seconds, the jokes started popping on social media.
Especially when Flyers forward Jori Lehtera was giving a chance on a breakaway early in the first period of the contest. The jokes have been quite easily to launch at the veteran forward ever since he has been linked as one of 23 individuals being investigated as part of a large scale cocaine ring.
Lehtera is one of 23 suspects in the case of two kilos of cocaine that started being spread starting last January. Police arrested suspects at Lehtera’s summer home, and the veteran forwardwas not among those summertime arrests. At the moment, no charges have been filed against the National Hockey League veteran player. Lehtera has denied having committed a crime after police interrogation. Seven people are already in custody back in Finland and the translated report states that police expect the investigation to expand and that police have also seized 650,000 Euro (roughly $762,000 in American dollars) worth of jewelry and valuables in connection with the case.
When he was given the chance to push down the ice on a breakaway with Sharks defenseman Brent Burns behind him, NHL collaborator, often with TSN, Travis Yost made a cocaine-related joke about Lehtera's breakaway attempt.
"Thought Lehtera had a break but too much white to cover."
Some fans made the joke that Lehtera wasn't using cocaine seeing that he was so slow on the breakaway and that Burns managed to catch up to him before he could take a shot in goalie Martin Jones' direction.
The 30-year-old centre has one year left on his contract with the Flyers that pays him $5 million, which the salary cap hit is $4.7 million. Ever since the start of training camp back in Philadelphia, Lehtera has struggled to prove that he can be a go-to centre on the roster. Maybe this story and investigation have been playing heavily on his mind, despite denying his involvement with the crimes.
Lehtera tallied three goals and just eight points in 62 games last year for the Flyers. Let's hope for the Flyers he can bounce back this year.