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from Hillel Kuttler of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency,
Several years ago, Jessica Berman and her husband, Brad, bumped into her high school boyfriend.
“If you aren’t working as a lawyer in hockey, I’d be amazed,” Berman recalled him saying.
The ex had her pegged. Berman, 37, has been employed by the National Hockey League for nearly a decade and currently is a vice president and deputy general counsel. She fell for the sport as a teenager.
Some foresee Berman as the first female commissioner of a men’s professional sports league. She helped negotiate key labor agreements with the players’ union, including the deal ending the 2004-05 lockout and the 10-year pact signed two years ago.
But perhaps she’s made an even greater impact since a 2013 stroke left Brad, then 37, in a monthlong coma.
Besides tending to him and caring for their two sons, Berman has spearheaded efforts to benefit the Burke Rehabilitation Center, the suburban New York City institution that’s been instrumental in Brad’s continued recovery. Charity races – Brad is an avid runner who aspires to compete again in marathons – and retail promotions have raised $650,000, most going to build a lower-limb robotics clinic.
What message, if any, needs to be sent by the league to Kane, other players, franchises and, again, the public at large about such serious allegations, even if there are no criminal charges laid?
We ask because as the summer disappears into the fall, we honestly are unsure about the nature of truth and punishment and judgment.
But if there is one thing this summer has reinforced, it's how little we really know about the people we watch play the game of hockey.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this topic.
from Jenny Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The process of buying an NHL franchise is long and arduous, and the sale of the Penguins will be no different.
Industry experts, including a former Penguins counsel, contend they are not at all surprised little has surfaced regarding the sale as the calendar flips to September. Primary owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle retained Morgan Stanley in June to begin the process of exploring a sale, but virtually no significant information has emerged since.
“I’m not surprised at all, because these are very valuable assets and there are complications, particularly if the buyer is someone who hasn’t been involved in professional sports in the past,” said Bob Caporale, a former Penguins lawyer and founding partner at Game Plan, a sports finance, investment banking and consulting firm. “It may take time to do their due diligence. Frankly at this time of year, as you know vacations and so forth will always slow things up. I’m sure in the fall things will get more active.”
Caporale was the lead attorney for the Penguins from 1991-97, and the club’s Alternate Governor to the NHL during Howard Baldwin’s controversial tenure as owner.
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from Eric Macramalla of TSN,
Richards was arrested when Canadian border guards found "some pills in a single bottle" during a random search of his car. According to Westhead's breaking report, it was small quantity intended for the hockey player's personal use.
That means Richards is looking at a simple possession charge rather than a charge for possession for the purpose of trafficking, which is a lot more serious. A trafficking charge means that a person was in possession of drugs for the purpose of selling or distributing. Richards is facing up to six months in prison and/or a $1,000 fine. Given the small amount, Richards is not going to jail assuming he's guilty of the offence (he may not be). Worst case scenario for Richards may include a fine and community service.
The issue being raised now is whether being charged will hurt Richards' likelihood of success in connection with his grievance against the Kings for unlawfully terminating his contract.
The short answer is no. Before criminal charges were filed against Richards, he stood a good chance of having an arbitrator overturn the termination of his contract. While Richards has now been criminally charged, nothing has changed as far as his chances of success.
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The brand, the titles and the sweater go hand in hand as far as the Hawks are concerned, but no one player is bigger than the team and the Hawks and their litany of sponsors do not want to be known as a group that values winning above decency.
They do not want to be the Baltimore Ravens after the Ray Rice debacle, so the Hawks find themselves painted into a corner and Kane is holding the brush.
So you wonder just how angry the Hawks must be that they are forced to ponder the unthinkable as it applies to Kane's future, not to mention the hit they'll take on the ice if they have to move one of the league's best players and the hit they'll take off the ice if the details of this case are ugly.
Again, this all takes a back seat to real life and what it means for the accuser and Kane, but there are also questions being pondered on West Madison that go beyond hockey.
The guess among NHL folks is that the Hawks probably know more about this than the rest of us and are planning accordingly.
The guess is they have spoken to the commissioner about their options.
The guess is they have probably fielded calls from teams already interested if the Hawks move on from Kane.
The guess is they are considering everything from absolutely nothing to a trade, and all possibilities in between.
-Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald where you can read more on this topic.
from Brian Hedger at NHL.com,
Will the Blackhawks have to make more moves to get under the NHL salary cap? As things stand now, yes. Chicago is $393,462 over the $71.4 million salary cap for 2015-16 with an NHL roster of 22 players (14 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies), according to war-on-ice.com.
That figure doesn't include fourth-line forwards Marcus Kruger and Joakim Nordstrom, who remain restricted free agents.
Kruger, the fourth-line center and a top penalty-killer, has played a key role in each of Chicago's past two championships. He's reportedly waiting to see if general manager Stan Bowman can free enough cap space to sign him long-term, which could be the case with Nordstrom.
Either way, the Blackhawks have unfinished business heading into training camp, much like they did a year ago, when they traded defenseman Nick Leddy to the New York Islanders to get under the cap. This year, the cost might be veteran forwards Bryan Bickell or Kris Versteeg, or it could be somebody who's not thought to be on the trade block.
Will the top four defensemen be as effective with Trevor Daley replacing Johnny Oduya? If the Blackhawks last season proved anything, it was that the Stanley Cup can be won with four defensemen handling the vast majority of the work.
Oduya, 33, who signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Stars on July 15, was one of Chicago's top four defenders. The good news for the Blackhawks is that Daley, acquired from the Stars in the trade for Patrick Sharp, is comparable in build, age and skating ability. He moves the puck quickly, has loads of experience, and has high-end offensive instincts, scoring 16 goals in a 38-point season for the Stars in 2014-15....
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
It’s a good bet that in a future practice, when Mike Fisher leans over to take a faceoff, the Nashville center will have a drone hovering overhead to film his technique. The Predators are one of the teams that have expressed interest in the Phantom 3 ($799) and the Inspire 1 ($2,899), two drones manufactured by DJI. The Predators, who are more invested in video coaching than most organizations, are considering drone use to complement traditional fixed-location cameras.
“They really want to use it as an eye in the sky to track players, track specific plays, and track the puck,” DJI marketing manager Michael Shabun said of teams considering drone use. “For example, they really love looking at the overhead shot for faceoffs to see exactly what the player is initiating. Before, you couldn’t really see a lot of things because of obstruction with pads and players. Anything overhead is extremely valuable for these guys.”
Outdoors, the FAA restricts drones from flying 5 miles from airports, over stadiums, or higher than 400 feet. Inside a rink, such regulations do not exist. Teams can employ drones as they like — over the faceoff circles, over the net to film goalies, or near the ceiling to capture breakouts, forechecks, and power-play formations. Currently, teams seeking multiple angles would have to build and break down traditional camera-atop-tripod setups around the rink. Such time is hard to find in a midseason road practice between games.
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