December NHL News Thread

AMcGhie

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Voting for the captains of the divisional teams for the NHL all star game have started:

I, for one, think that Captain Brad Marchand would be the best thing for the NHL, and plan to vote 10 times a day.
 

cshea

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Chicago has removed assistant coach Marc Crawford from behind the bench while they investigate allegations of physical abuse made by former players (Sean Avery and Patrick O’Sullivan).


Also, Chris Chelios went on Spittin Chiclets and said Mike Babcock verbally assaulted Johan Franzen who dealt concussions and depression. Anytime any concerns were brought to GM Ken Holland, Holland took Babcock’s side and told the players if they didn’t want to be here, he’ll trade them.
 

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Johan Franzen told Swedish media Babcock is ”the worst person I have ever met. ...
He’s a bully who was attacking people. It could be a cleaner at the arena in Detroit or anybody. He would lay into people without any reason.”

 

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Mike Babcock is Bud Kilmer from Varsity Blues. Only thing that was missing is Toronto going out to play a third period with an injured Mitch Marner behind the bench instead of Babs.
 

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Bettman just announced a plan for this stuff at yesterday’s BOG meetings. Dallas is clearly getting out in front of whatever he did.

Sadly these dominos are likely just beginning to fall.
 

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Has to be something that happened at Denver.

Edit: Oops, just saw that it was a recent incident. So yeah I agree with PSK.
 
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DV and/or some form of sexual misconduct is my guess. I don’t think they’d be tight lipped about gambling.
I feel like the same for domestic violence. There'd likely be a police report, and I'm not sure why they'd go out of their way to say it wasn't a crime if it was DV.
 

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Watching Lighting-Panthers. The arena is empty. Pitiful attendance this season for a team in 2nd place in the Atlantic (30th in NHL).

Sorry, meant to post this in the game thread. Not news,
 
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AMcGhie

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Given that there are (to my knowledge) no police reports, and that he has not made any public statements, I'm leaning towards embarrassing or incredibly unprofessional over wrong or illegal. 100% speculation though.
 

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From everything you read from former and anonymous players (mainly on Twitter, I know not a great source) it sounds like minor league hockey in Canada is ground zero for this type of abuse the league is trying to address.