Jim Kyte went after Brendan Gallagher and Brad Marchand simultaneously on Twitter, and was promptly slapped down by the former. It was a masterstroke of Twitter usage by Gallagher, who quickly put Kyte in his place.
Kyte started the chirping, by stating in so many words that he is not a big fan of the Canadiens' forward.
Gallagher came right back, reminding Mr. Kyte that he was not exactly a gentleman in his playing days.
That video is Jim Kyte taking a cheap shot at one of the greatest players in the history of the game. You might think that this would have put an end to the sanctimonious talk, but that wasn't the case.
That explanation wasn't quite enough for Mr. Gallagher, so he came right back with a dagger.
@jimkyte luckily for the fans the game has evolved into a fast paced skilled exciting game and has weeded out jim Kyte caliber players— Brendan Gallagher (@BGALLY17) November 28, 2015
Shots fired. However, even while being thoroughly schooled, Kyte apparently doesn't know when to quit.
@BGALLY17 LMAO! Wow - good one. The instigator rule is the ONLY reason you are not playing in Europe.— Jim Kyte (@jimkyte) November 28, 2015
Of course, the real reason Gallagher isn't playing in Europe is because he scores a ton of goals in the NHL, and is one of the better wingers in the league.
@jimkyte just be thankful I never got to play against you. Good bye Jim I'm done wasting my time on you— Brendan Gallagher (@BGALLY17) November 28, 2015
Kyte decided to take one last parting shot, although he fumbled on his Hail Mary attempt.
@BGALLY17 You wouldn't have survived the first training camp scrimmage in my era. Even Guy Charbonneau would have put you in the hospital.— Jim Kyte (@jimkyte) November 29, 2015
Upon further review, there are a few people named Guy Charbonneau. One was the longest serving speaker of the Canadian senate, another owns an auto garage in Saint-Joseph-du-lac. Neither played in the NHL.
The verdict: Unanimous decision in favour of Brendan Gallagher.