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.
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.