Kesler called Johansen out earlier in August, seemingly challenging the 26-year-old to a fight.
The Predators star didn’t directly respond to the actual tweet, but did send this out a few hours later.
“I don’t know what he was doing that day,” Johansen told Vingan. “Clearly I don’t think he was thinking right because he made a little bit of a fool of himself.”
The two forwards have a bit of a history, dating back to the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Johansen called out Kesler after Game 2 of the Western Conference Final, saying “his family and friends watching him play, I don’t know how you cheer for a guy like that.”
Kesler then appeared to taunt Johansen after the two fought in a game this past spring.
The NHL doesn’t have too many out-in-the-open personal rivalries between its players, but in Johansen versus Kesler there’s at least one worth watching.
The Predators don’t play the Ducks until Nov. 12.