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TORONTO/NEW YORK (October 5, 2015) -- The National Hockey League Players’ Association and National Hockey League announced today that forward Zack Kassian of the Montreal Canadiens has been placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA.
Under the terms of the joint program, Kassian will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.
Kassian's care will be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.
Patrick Burke with the explanation.
added 4:38pm, NHL release is below...
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors.
"The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they're going up," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told TSN in an interview. "I wouldn't say it's a crisis in any sense. What I'd say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you've hit a cycle where it's an 'in' drug again.
"I'd be shocked if we're talking about a couple dozen guys. I don't want to be naïve here … but if we're talking more than 20 guys I'd be shocked. Because we don't test in a comprehensive way, I can't say."
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
It’s hard to predict what’s going to happen once the puck is dropped for real, but already GMs and pro scouts in the 30 NHL cities are making their lists and checking them twice to see what players may be available to help them for the stretch drive in the final two months of the season.
“There’s teams sniffing around already,” said one league executive at a recent pre-season game. “Teams always talk just to see where everybody is at and teams can usually tell a week into training camp where they think they might need help or depth before the end of the year.”
Naturally, a lot of the decisions at the deadline will be determined by the standings. People will talk a lot about the futures of unrestricted free-agent forwards Steve Stamkos (Tampa) and Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles), but both are going to stay put.
from John Shannon of Sportsnet,
A long time ago, my Dad once said, "If you can’t say one nice thing about someone, don’t say anything at all.”
With that in mind, here’s my one nice thing about every NHL team, and a few questions:
CALGARY: No playoff team upgraded better than the Flames. Hamilton and Frolik will be huge additions.
DALLAS: The Stars will score, we know that. Will the Finns in goal (Lehtonen and Niemi) keep the other team from doing the same?
DETROIT: Red Wings want to prove it's the players, not the plan, that makes this team playoff-worthy as the post-Babcock era starts.
NY RANGERS: Alain Vigneault might have the league's best defence, and his forwards got younger. But are they better?
STAMFORD, Conn. – Oct. 5, 2015 – The puck drops on the 2015-16 NHL regular season this Wednesday, Oct. 7, with an opening night doubleheader on NBCSN. Game coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET when Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks host Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers on Wednesday Night Rivalry, and raise their 2015 Stanley Cup Championship banner to the United Center rafters. NBCSN’s doubleheader shifts to the west coast at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Quickand the Los Angeles Kings welcome Logan Couture and the San Jose Sharks.
Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst), and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-Glass analyst) will have the call for Rangers-Blackhawks, while John Forslund(play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst) will provide commentary for Sharks-Kings.
Opening night coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh. He will be joined by analysts and former NHL players Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, as well as veteran TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, providing pre-game, intermission, and post-game analysis.
NBCSN’s opening week of NHL coverage continues on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET, when Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche host Zach Parise and the Minnesota Wild.
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About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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