Updates on Patrick Kane, Nick Bjugstad, Darren Helm, Michal Rozsival and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sources claim DNA test results from a rape kit showed no evidence of Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane’s DNA on the genital area or undergarments of the woman accusing him of rape. However, legal experts point out that doesn’t mean a sexual assault didn’t occur, as evidence in these investigations consists of more than just DNA. Kane’s DNA was found beneath the woman’s fingernails and on her shoulders. While it could have come from casual contact, it could also have come from a struggle. Sources also claim attorneys for Kane and his accuser are still working toward a possible out-of-court settlement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Due to space constraints, I’ve only noted the pertinent information in this story. Click The Buffalo News link to read the full report.
MIAMI HERALD: After having his 2014-15 season cut short by a back injury, center Nick Bjugstad is fully recovered and looking forward to the upcoming campaign. He underwent surgery in March to repair a herniated disk.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Red Wings forward Darren Helm suffered a concussion and a separated left shoulder during a violent collision Thursday with prospect Jerome Verrier, who suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery on Saturday. Helm is expected to miss the next two-four weeks.
TSN.CA: The Blackhawks signed free-agent defenseman Michal Rozsival to a one-year, $600K contract.
NBC SPORTS: New York Islanders GM Garth Snow read the riot act to prospect Joshua Ho-Sang, who was returned to his OHL club in Niagara after he missed the start of the first day of training camp to oversleeping. Snow told Newsday he’d had enough “of the bullshit,” telling the 19-year-old Ho-Sang it’s time to grow up.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I noted before, Ho-Sang is a promising young player, but most of the criticism he’s received is due to his immaturity. If he hopes to remain part of the Isles organization, he’d be wise to heed Snow’s advice.
THE CANADIAN PRESS (VIA CBC.CA): Former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen has died. Cause of death has yet to be determined. Ewen, who was 49, played 11 seasons in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, Montreal Canadiens (winning a Stanley Cup in 1993), Anaheim Mighty Ducks and San Jose Sharks from 1986-87 to 1996-97. He’d spent several years as a coach, most recently at Saint Louis University.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Ewen’s family and friends.
THE PROVINCE: Former NHL enforcer Rudy Poeschek is slowly losing his memory and hearing, which he believes is the result of brain injury suffered during his playing career. He’s among several players who have filed a lawsuit against the NHL.