05/27/09 at 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)
From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:
I just got off the phone with Brooks Laich, who is the NHL Players’ Association representative for the Caps. He said he was made aware of the steroids report early this morning and is in the process of calling all of his teammates. Here’s most of what Laich had to say:
Q: Do you have any idea what the suspect in the steroids case is talking about?
A: I have no idea. As far we know it’s just speculation. The guy didn’t say if it was 10 years ago that he sold to the Capitals. Whether it was five ago that he sold. We have no idea. I’ve already been in touch with our players, and there’s nothing on our side to report.
Q: What was your reaction to the sheriff coming out and repeating what a suspect said without offering any additional evidence?
A: I watched the video of it. I was kind of surprised he would say it. But he was also very careful in saying it because of the wake it would cause. As far we’re concerned as players, it’s just accusations of a desperate man trying to get some publicity, I think. But we’ll see how it plays out over the next couple of days.
Update 6:18pm ET: Given that steroids are such a big topic today because of this story, it might interest some people to catch an interview with Sean Hill that Toronto’s AM 640 will be broadcasting at 6:40pm ET. Hill was the first NHLer to ever fail a steroid test, back in 2007, so the topic is likely to come up.
Statements released by the Capitals and the NHL are below:
05/27/09 at 02:24 PM ET | Comments (0)
We don’t talk too much about series clinching Game 5’s around here. So, I’ll be referring to tonite’s matchup as a Game 4.99999919. I’m sure it will make a huge difference.
That’s still like 7 hours away though. And I guess, based on some math I just did, that we could be looking at around 10 hours until I can talk about the stuttering idiot of a Pittsburgh DJ I heard last week on my way home from Hockeytown after the Wings OT winner in Game 2.
I’m smart that way, not tempting fate. I never have. I guess when I become an “elite” blogger, I’ll consider it. But not yet.
05/27/09 at 02:22 PM ET | Comments (0)
from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,
You don’t get a spot at the best table with the hockey cognoscenti if you mention the possibility that NHL players might – shhh – use steroids or human growth hormone or other performance enhancers. Nope. No sport has come under less scrutiny for PED use than the NHL, mostly because nobody in the U.S. Congress follows hockey or knows who Gary Bettman is and mostly because the cadre of hockey analysts who are ex-players, coaches or general managers act like gate-keepers, preferring to drop juvenile nicknames on each other than speak truths.
05/27/09 at 02:16 PM ET | Comments (0)
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Reacting to the real possibility that billionaire Jim Balsillie might withdraw his $212.5 million offer for the Phoenix Coyotes, bankruptcy court judge Redfield Baum acted today to speed up court hearings.
The judge ordered all parties to file their legal arguments on relocation by June 5 with a hearing set for June 9 – 13 days sooner than the June 22 date he’d previously set.
The judge interrupted arguments over when the Coyotes auction might be held, calling the relocation issue “the 10,000 pound elephant in the room.”
added 2:04pm, Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal is Twittering the court proceedings today if you are interested.
added 4:18pm, from the Globe and Mail,
A U.S. bankruptcy court judge has temporarily ended the dispute over who controls the Phoenix Coyotes by putting the current owners largely in charge.
Judge Redfield Baum has ruled that three executives of the current ownership group, led by Jerry Moyes, will run the team on a day-to-day basis. Moyes’s group and the National Hockey League will also appoint one person as a “point person” who will review the finances on a weekly basis. If the two point persons can’t agree on something, either one can bring the issue to court.
05/27/09 at 01:41 PM ET | Comments (0)
via Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Coach Joel Quenneville just announced that neither goalie Nikolai Khabibulin nor forward Martin Havlat will play in tonight’s Game 5 against Detroit. Khabibulin skated today, but isn’t ready to play. He left Game 3 after the second period and hasn’t played since.
05/27/09 at 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)
from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Owner Jeremy Jacobs and principal Charlie Jacobs have concluded a conference call in which they looked back at the 2008-09 season and shared their insight on other team and league matters….
Jeremy Jacobs said he expects the 2009-10 Winter Classic to be played at Fenway Park, although the league will not confirm it until July….
Negotiations continue with Peter Chiarelli on extending the GM’s contract. Chiarelli will be entering the fourth and final year of his deal. Charlie Jacobs said he anticipates an agreement taking place this summer.
05/27/09 at 12:34 PM ET | Comments (0)
The Kukla-thon has reached $2500 in donations.
What can I say except thank you very much and I am amazed how many KK readers donated.
Many readers also inquired about my health and I am happy to say I am feeling much better and plan to continue running KK for a long time.
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05/27/09 at 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)
More to follow. Just got this off Twitter from Craig Custance. He’s reporting both out tonite.
Update from the morning skate Wednesday: Nicklas Lidstrom (lower-body injury) and Pavel Datsyuk (bruised foot) won’t play tonight in Game 5 against Chicago, Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
Datsyuk skated in a sweat suit briefly before practice. Lidstrom rode the exercise bike.
“They’re both getting closer,’’ Babcock said. “I’d like to think they’re going to play next time we play.’‘
05/27/09 at 12:04 PM ET | Comments (0)
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Quick update from the start of Wednesday’s morning skate: Nicklas Lidstrom (lower-body injury) and Pavel Datsyuk (bruised foot) aren’t skating. Will update shortly.
update 11:13am, In the same post as above, Babcock states both are out for tonight.
05/27/09 at 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
By the time he retired as Red Wings coach in 2002, he had brought the organization three Stanley Cups. His success earned him a lifetime contract with the Red Wings, where everyone thought he’d wind down his career as a consultant to Detroit G.M. Ken Holland, an arrangement that allowed him to scout games from his home in Tampa. It was a sweet deal.
But Devellano got a phone call last summer that he says shocked him.
“Jimmy,” Bowman told him, “I love the Red Wings. I love Detroit. However, I’ve had a request from my son wanting me to join him in Chicago.”
Scotty’s lifetime deal with the Red Wings ended—at age 74.
Stan’s wife, Sue, remembers her husband struggling with how to express his desire to work together in Chicago with his dad. He didn’t want to pressure his father, but at the same time he wanted him to know how much it would mean to him.
“You kind of have to tell him something,” Sue says. “Don’t beg him or anything. Tell him what you’re thinking.”
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