The Washington Capitals have lost four players from their 2018 Stanley Cup championship team this offseason and the latest Capital to fly the coup, Brett Connolly, cut one particular teammate deep.
After having a career year, Connolly signed a four-year, $14 million deal with the Florida Panthers, parlaying his 22 goals into a $3.5 million salary.
Jakub Vrana dedicated multiple screenshots in his Instagram Story on Tuesday to say goodbye to his former liney, but he made sure to encourage Conno to improve his talents in one specific area of his game.
Connolly’s struggles with fist bumps first started with Evgeny Kuznetsov during a game against the San Jose Sharks in December 2017. Kuznetsov fist-bumped himself after getting ignored – the interaction won the NHL’s GIF of the Year.
A year later it happened again with Vrana.
Later that year, NHL19 gave Digi-Jakub Vrana the ability to fist bump himself while celebrating a goal.
The NHL and the Capitals also celebrated Connolly’s viral moment online one last time.
— NHL (@NHL) July 2, 2019
🤜 ❤️ 🤛
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 2, 2019
The Capitals added this kind statement.
Conno – thanks for everything during your time in Washington!
Best of luck and see you in November. pic.twitter.com/xyHaBHasr2
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 1, 2019
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