Latest on Patrick Kane, Ryan O’Reilly, Daniel Carcillo, Nik Antropov and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
FORBES.COM: Chicago Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane’s off-ice issues (rape investigation) is costing him millions in endorsements.
THE SCORE: Buffalo Sabres center Ryan O’Reilly’s impaired driving case has been adjourned until September.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL player Nik Antropov confirms he’s hoping to make a comeback. He spent the past three seasons in the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The road to Antropov’s comeback will likely begin with a training-camp invitation from an NHL team. No word yet if there’s any club considering that possibility.
TSN.CA: A lawyer representing the family of deceased NHL player Derek Boogaard is fighting to delay a court ruling on dismissing a wrongful death lawsuit against the NHL in hopes of introducing what he calls crucial new evidence.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Former Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo is preparing for life away from hockey by forming a non-profit organization designed to help players during their early transition from their playing careers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s assumed by some fans that today’s millionaire players are set for life, but some struggle adjusting to life after hockey. Here’s hoping Carcillo’s organization can help them make a smooth transition.
YAHOO SPORTS: Bridgestone is discontinuing its sponsorship of the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: The Carolina Hurricanes have hired blogger Eric Tulsky to analyze data to assist their hockey operations department and coaching staff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Tulsky and best of luck in his new job.