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Blake Coleman’s return to New Jersey:
Blake Coleman said "Jersey was strongly considered" this summer with his free agency. Said Dallas was in there as well. Lots of teams came to the table.— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) October 26, 2021
"It was a stressful process."
I’ll highlight a few notes and tidbits below, but the short story is this: Blackhawks executives Stan Bowman and Al MacIsaac are out as an investigation into how the team handled sexual assault allegations against former video coach Brad Aldrich during its 2010 Stanley Cup run has concluded. [ESPN] [The Athletic ($)] [TSN] [Sportsnet] [Chicago Tribune]
Here is the first public statement from John Doe, the Blackhawks player whom Aldrich assaulted, since the lawsuits were filed.— Ben Pope (@BenPopeCST) October 26, 2021
He responds to today's news: pic.twitter.com/JVC5og9Yhg
Hearing #Blackhawks Sr. VP of Hockey Ops Al MacIsaac will be departing the organization as part of the investigation findings.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 26, 2021
Quenneville and Cheveldayoff had both denied knowing about the allegations at the time when they were first asked in July. https://t.co/VxpoVyT3kx— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) October 26, 2021
Both #nhljets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and #FlaPanthers coach Joel Quenneville said in July they first learned of allegations in June. Those statements were contradicted by their testimony in the report.#NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says he will "reserve judgment" on next steps⬇️ pic.twitter.com/QDSmZQrMJk— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 26, 2021
USA Hockey announces Stan Bowman has stepped down as GM of the #Beijing2022 Olympic team.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 26, 2021
The Blackhawks get a ... $2 million fine.
The @NHLBlackhawks fined $2 Million for inadequate procedures and mishandling of the 2010 matter related to the conduct of former video coach Brad Aldrich. https://t.co/nmuTuyNBMd pic.twitter.com/kPxLO33gSj— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 26, 2021
Awful situation in Columbus:
Told #CBJ and #Nationwide Arena security are attempting to identify the fan who, according to goaltender Elvis Merzlikins, taunted Merzlikins regarding the off-season death of his friend and former teammate Matiss Kivlenieks before Monday’s game vs. Dallas. #TexasHockey.— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) October 26, 2021
Sean Shapiro reports on a not terribly surprising but still concerning attendance trend for the league: “During the 2019-20 season, before the COVID-19 shutdown, the average attendance at an NHL game was 17,423 fans per game. This season that average has already dropped to 16,256 through 74 games, and it’s likely that number is going to drop this week with 28 of the 32 teams already having already hosted their home opener — and most likely sellout option — in the early season.” [The Athletic ($)]
Feel free to discuss these and any other hockey-related stories in the comments below.