by PuckStopsHere on 05/15/14 at 10:56 PM ET
Zenon Konopka is going to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He split this past season between the Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres and nearly played himself out of the league posting three points in 59 games played. Today it has been announced that he tested positive for a banned substance and will be suspended for the first twenty games of next season. This will make it a hard sell for a new team to offer him a contract this summer. He is 33 years old and barely hanging on to an NHL career.
My complaint is that we do not know what substance he tested positive for. This is a big part of the story and we as fans are not being told it.
This comes from the same league that claims to offer 24/7 access on HBO because the fan wants to be close to their NHL team.
The reality is the NHL doesn't want the fan to know lots of things about the league.
This is the league that has been caught openly lying about the financial situations in Phoenix and Atlanta. This is the league that doesn't share salary cap information. Capgeek.com has done a good job of attempting to calculate it, but we have no way of knowing how accurate they are. Injuries are not properly reported in the league. They are "upper body" and "lower body" injuries. That tells a fan nothing. There are many examples of the NHL not telling fans things they would like to know.
The only thing gained in not telling anyone what Konopka tested positive for is it keeps speculation about steroids and other drugs to a minimum since none can be confirmed. It wouldn't hurt the NHL in this case (and many others) to let the fan in and those fans that are let in are happier with the NHL instead of the current feeling where they are kept at arm's length.
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