NHL News and Rumors – August 11, 2009

Attorneys downplay allegations against Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane

Coyotes hearing today could be ‘a bloodbath’

Pogge trade not prelude to another
Attorneys downplay allegations against Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane


onflicting portrayals of Patrick Kane’s altercation with a Buffalo taxi driver emerged Monday as attorneys on both sides sought to downplay the allegations against the Blackhawks’ star winger.

The driver’s attorney, backpedaling on his client’s accusations a day before, said the incident had been “blown out of proportion,” and a prominent Buffalo attorney hired by Kane said he was convinced that the former No. 1 draft pick had not committed a crime.

Paul Cambria, a lawyer who has defended several Buffalo Bills football players in court, said he met with Kane on Monday and interviewed witnesses to the incident in which the taxi driver alleged he was beaten and robbed by Kane and his cousin over 20 cents in change for a fare.

Kane made $3.75 million last season playing for the Blackhawks.

“He’s upset this accusation has been made and he’s anxious to clear it up,” said Cambria, who also met with Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.

When contacted by the Tribune, Kane’s mother, Donna, said: “We will just acknowledge that Patrick is not guilty” and referred further questions to Cambria.

Speaking to WGN-AM 720 on Monday, Andrew LoTempio, the cabdriver’s attorney, said the episode Sunday morning in the hockey player’s hometown was “blown out of proportion” and should not be considered a felony. He called it a “regular kid incident.”


Coyotes hearing today could be ‘a bloodbath’

Paul Hunter – Sports Reporter

No one is saying much on the record but one involved party said he expects that proceedings in an Arizona bankruptcy court today to be “a bloodbath.”

And, really, how could the next step in trying to find a new owner for the Phoenix Coyotes unfold any other way than with an ugly cage match before an audience of one – Judge Redfield T. Baum.

This afternoon’s gathering is expected to set the rules for the Sept.10 auction for the team, one in which Baum ruled last week that Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie can participate despite the NHL’s strenuous objections.

In a do*****ent filed in court yesterday, Balsillie’s group claimed that the “real goal” in the NHLblocking him from moving the team to Hamilton is “to avoid another NHL team anywhere near the Toronto Maple Leafs.”

Rather than address the merits of legal arguments today, the hearing will lay out a schedule to deal with the steps and inevitable conflicts leading up to that auction.

But that timetabling should in itself be very contentious given that the league and Balsillie are working to two different agendas. The Canadian wants matters expedited in anticipation of playing the upcoming Coyotes’ season out of Hamilton. The NHL, with concerns about keeping its business viable in Phoenix, in no rush since it doesn’t believe the team can play anywhere but Phoenix this season. It doesn’t want to damage ticket sales and other business there.

The Balsillie camp, in the wake of filings aimed at earning the right to examine NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy Bill Daly, wasn’t further tipping its hand.

“We want to allow our filings to speak for themselves and to make our arguments in court, due to our respect for Judge Baum and the process,” said spokesperson Bill Walker.


Pogge trade not prelude to another

It would be easy to surmise that the acquisition of goaltender Justin Pogge would be a preliminary step toward moving another piece in the organization.

It’s no secret the Ducks are in an awkward situation with Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who last season was supplanted as the No.1 by Jonas Hiller.

But Giguere isn’t going anywhere, and Pogge gives the club a go-to goalie in case Hiller or Giguere goes down this season.

The Ducks have a host of goaltending prospects in their system, but none appear ready to step into the No.3 spot.

“You have to have three goalies,” senior vice president of hockey operations David McNab said.

“I think some people will say you have to have two, but you have to have three. Your third has to be someone that the organization is comfortable, who can play and can win. This (trade) has nothing to do with leading into something else.”

The Ducks front office, namely general manager Bob Murray, McNab and director of professional scouting Rick Paterson, have liked Pogge for some time.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 204 pounds, Pogge brings size in the crease and a winning background. He backstopped Canada to the gold medal in the 2006 World Junior Championship.

“With the way the game is now, we’ve been preached when (former goaltending consultant) Francois (Allaire) was here, about the big goalies and the necessity to have bigger guys,” McNab said. “He’s just somebody that we think has a chance to be a real good goalie in the NHL.”


14 Responses to NHL News and Rumors – August 11, 2009

  1. JoelJoel says:

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  2. zackman13 says:

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  3. Classic says:

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  4. nordiques100 says:

    Kudos to Jason Spezza for earning a Olympic team camp invite.

    he is going to replace Getzlaf in the camp as getz recovers from injury.

    Spezza, the constant whipping boy for sens fans is actually showing he is a good team player unlike some other unnamed senator.

    Spezza has taken part in the last two world championships and has earned this spot in Calgary.

    2 years ago, he was the 13th forward but didnt complain about it. he accepted his limited ice time and worked super hard for the team, eventually gaining more of a role with the club as they went on to a 2nd place finish in quebec city.

    then last year he was one of their top forwards playing a key role and being a very responsible team player.

    he is a longshot to make the team with the depth Canada has up the middle, but he has accepted of late any role the team has asked of him and for that, the chance to earn a spot is warranted.

    and i applaud him for speaking out against his friend for the good of the team. good for you Jason. here's a real teammate and a player with some class.

  5. mojo19 says:

    For some reason, on firefox, on my laptop I cant scroll up and down on a page with the manual scroller thing. So I can't use Firefox cuz its such a hassle to scroll down by clicking on those arrows.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Getzlaf or no Getzlaf, Spezza will be hard pressed to make this team as a centre:


  7. zackman13 says:

    thanks ill try it i have all the browsers on my computer like firefox, safari, chrome, explorer but i only use exporer!

  8. nordiques100 says:

    to be honest, i think spezza, thornton and lecavalier will all be hard pressed to make it.

    crosby the ultimate no 1 centre
    richards the checking centre
    staal and getzlaf the big bodies up the middle
    toews the versatile guy and shootout specialist.

    and people were whining about savard not making it. there's just no room for this guy never mind some other allstars/award winners.

  9. mojo19 says:

    Well Savard is a very good offensive guy and complete player, but ya he could be argued to be as good as that group of guys, but not head and shoulders better, so I guess someone has to be the odd man out.

    But ya I like your group. If Getzlaf is healthy and playing up to his ability then ya were pretty set down the middle. I think like in Salt Lake City we might have to convert a centre or two to wing to be able to bring 6 of these guys.

  10. UWSensFan says:

    I like Spezza taking Getzlaf's role in the camp…why could they have not invited Savard to take Sakic's spot as well?  That would have made for no controversy, and likely neither of them would have made Canada's squad either way (not that I'm not a huge Spezza fan, just that there ARE better choices out there).

    I'd love to see Spezza take a spot on the 2nd/3rd line wing, but again, too much natural depth in those positions to give him a spot!

  11. UWSensFan says:

    I would still be surprised if Getzlaf doesn't make the team…he just has to recover from injury and play possessed when he does and I'd be surprised if he doesn't make it, what with the chemistry he, Nash, and Heatley had 2 years ago at the Worlds…

  12. Kramer says:

    Zamboni drivers should wear numbers like the referees.

  13. Frank181 says:


  14. I-BE-LEAF says:

    Helmets too. Most arenas use two at a time… what if they collide? It’s a freakin’ warzone out there!!!

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