Updates on Patrick Kane, Matt Cullen, Calvin Pickard and Brandon Gormley, five NHL coaches on the hot seat and Dean Lombardi named GM of the US World Cup of Hockey team.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is reportedly the subject of a rape investigation by the Hamburg, NY police. To date, no charges have been filed. A young woman alleges Kane raped her at his home after meeting her in a Buffalo nightclub during the weekend.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: David Haugh is withholding judgement of Kane until all the facts are revealed, but believes the Blackhawks star must change his way. Rick Telander believes if Kane is guilty, it’ll spell the end of the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup era while leaving the NHL badly wounded.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Adam Proteau, former columnist at The Hockey News, said it best: “Patrick Kane has the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. Women have the right to be presumed honest until proven otherwise.”
SPORTSNET: Dallas’s Lindy Ruff, St. Louis’ Ken Hitchcock, Boston’s Claude Julien, Pittsburgh’s Mike Johnston and Arizona’s Dave Tippett are the five NHL coaches entering next season on the hot seat.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Hitchcock and Julien could feel the heat more than the rest. Hitchcock’s Blues have underachieved, while it seems Julien narrowly avoided being fired after Peter Chiarelli was replaced as Bruins GM.
TRIBLIVE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins signed free-agent center Matt Cullen to a one-year, $800K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An affordable signing to provide some much-needed experienced depth on the Penguins’ fourth line.
THE DENVER POST: The Colorado Avalanche re-signed goaltender Calvin Pickard to a one-year, two-way contract worth over $850K at the NHL level.
TSN: The Arizona Coyotes re-signed defenseman Brandon Gormley to a one-year, two-way contract. Details weren’t disclosed, but it’s believed his new salary is worth over $850K at the NHL level.
USA TODAY: Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi was named GM of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.