Updates on Patrick Kane, Slava Voynov, Nicklas Backstrom and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
WGRZ.COM: A woman who was with Patrick Kane’s alleged rape victim has been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury on Sept. 8. The Chicago Blackhawks winger is currently the focus of rape investigation by the Hamburg NY police, though he hasn’t been charged.
ESPN.COM: In a recent interview with TSN’s 1290, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews stressed the importance of team unity in the wake of the Kane investigation. “I think you’ve just got to have confidence that things like that will resolve themselves over time,” said Toews. “And for the time being, you stay together as a team, you support your teammate, teammates that are maybe going through a rough patch.”
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings defenseman Slava Voynov “has been taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, throwing the young Kings defenseman’s NHL future into question.” Voynov had been in jail since July 7 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. He is now awaiting a hearing with a U.S. immigration judge. Voynov, a Russian citizen, faces the possibility of deportation.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom doesn’t have a definitive schedule for when he’ll return to action following offseason hip surgery, though he’s hoping to come back as soon as possible. That being said, he intends to play it safe, claiming he won’t return until he’s 100 percent healthy.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall said the club’s defensive prospects will get a chance at making the lineup for the upcoming season. Among those prospects are “Shayne Gostisbehere, Sam Morin, Travis Sanheim, Robert Hagg and this year’s first-round pick, Ivan Provorov.” The Flyers currently have eight defensemen on the roster carrying one-way contracts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If one or two of those young players prove themselves ready for the NHL, Hextall could try to move one of those blueliners on a one-way deal.
SPORTSNET: The New York Islanders third jersey for this coming season may have been leaked, and it’s “quite a leap from the traditional royal blue and orange tones that Islanders fans are accustom to.”
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Former Detroit Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov’s ex-manager has been convicted of fraud.