NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – June 20, 2012

Drew Doughty investigated for sexual assault, NHL not taking control of Devils, Blackhawks have “dealt” with Patrick Kane, Oilers could keep first overall pick, update on the Coyotes sale, and more.


Doughty accused of sexual assault.

LOS ANGELES TIMES/LA KINGS INSIDER: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is being investigated in an alleged sexual assault case. It’ s been subsequently reported Doughty’s accuser “has been “less than cooperative” and that “credibility problems” have been found in her story.” The Kings blueliner has not been charged.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s important not to leap to conclusions until all the fact are in. Remember, innocent until proven guilty.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly denied a recent report claiming the league was prepared to take over ownership of the New Jersey Devils  if current majority owner Jeff Vanderbeek was unable to get his debt payment issues sorted out by mid-August.

CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Blackhawks team president John McDonough said the organization has dealt internally with the issue of Patrick Kane’s public drinking and is hopeful going forward there won’t be any further incidents.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane’s partying sparked rumors the Blackhawks would trade him, but it doesn’t appear to be something they wish to consider, which is understandable, as Kane is one of their top players.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited an interview by 630 CHED host Dan Tencer with Edmonton Oilers president Kevin Lowe, who expressed doubt his club would trade the first overall pick in this year’s draft.

YAHOO! SPORTS: Greg Wyshynski has a roundup of the latest new regarding the potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to an ownership group led by Greg Jamison, which indicates stumbling blocks remain in the way of completion of the sale.

CBC.CA: The NHL Board of Governors have approved the sale of the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as two rules changes regarding hand passes.


  1. Drew is a good kid and when the facts are out that will show.

  2. We in Phoenix are incredibly tired of the Goldwater saga and their attempts to derail the sale of the Coyotes to groups wanting to keep them here in the desert. Why Goldwater has not been counter-sued to prevent one of their board members, who happens to be the wife of the owner of the AZ Diamondbacks baseball franchise, from voting is a mystery to us all. That conflict of interest is just one political backstory here, which portrays the sports and business climate in AZ as one to avoid by all future interested parties. When the ‘yotes move away and taxpayers see what not having the team is going to cost them, only then will the backlash take place, unfortunately.

    • I don’t think it’s right for a city anywhere to have to front the money to keep a team there. I don’t think they should move, but find an owner who likes Hockey more then money.

  3. Absolutely agree with “innocent until proven guilty” but that shouldnt be at the expense of the victims rights or reputation.

  4. The life of a pro athlete…your a target.