LAS VEGAS -- During a Geico television spot in which the Caveman is called out for scraping the rink wall with an ice-cleaning machine, it turned out Norris Trophy candidate and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green can't back the Caveman's story. Green moved on from the "dispute," but it appears the Caveman has not.
Geico Caveman (Dave Sandford/NHLI)
The Caveman said Green "sold me up the river" and called the Caps' star a "prima donna." That was all before the Caveman stormed off the interview set, remarking that he was going to look for the "free ceviche" possibly on hand for the NHL Awards Show at the Palms Hotel's Pearl Theater.
Clearly on hand will be a night of the NHL's biggest stars mixing with celebrities and some top musical acts. In, ahem, a less hostile moment, the Caveman said he was happy to be part of the festivities here in Las Vegas to complete a season for him that included appearances at the Winter Classic (including a must-see visit with Scott Hartnell in the Philadelphia Flyers dressing room), the NHL Store Powered by Reebok in New York and, on Wednesday, a walk on the red carpet with Green (we'll see how that works on the live stream of the red carpet on NHL.com at 6 p.m.. ET)
"It's been a great season for the NHL," said the Caveman. "It's good to see the League has its swagger back."