Ryan O’Reilly faces impaired driving charge, NHL salary arbitration schedule released, plus updates on Johnny Oduya and more.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly was arrested last week in Lucan, Ontario and charged with impaired driving and leaving the scene of an accident after reportedly ramming his pickup into a Tim Horton’s restaurant. “O’Reilly’s blood alcohol reading was over 80 mg, equivalent to .08 in the United States, thus meaning he is subject to an immediate 90-day suspension of his license. If convicted, he faces a fine of $1,000 & license ban of 1 year.” The incident occurred less than a week after the 24-year-old signed the richest contract in Sabres history.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s clear O’Reilly was impaired and left the scene of an accident. Fortunately, no one was injured. While he won’t face jail time, it’ll be interesting to see if he receives alcohol counseling from the Sabres or the league.
NHL.COM: The arbitration hearing schedule has been released. Among the notables: New York Rangers’ center Derek Stepan’s hearing is on July 27, while Washington’s Braden Holtby’s is set for July 23.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE’s Chris Kuc reports free-agent defenseman Johnny Oduya’s agent claims his client could reach a decision today on which team he will sign with.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping to bring Oduya back, but they’re pressed for cap space. Rumors have linked Oduya with the Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Trevor Daley and Ryan Garbutt are eager to fit in quickly with the Blackhawks. The pair were acquired from the Dallas Stars in the Patrick Sharp trade.
NBC SPORTS: The sale of the Pittsburgh Penguins could happen as early as next week. A group of investors is expected to make a bid to purchase the franchise from current owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle. Lemieux stated his wish to remain with the franchise in some capacity.