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“Four National Hockey League players – Carter Hart, Michael McLeod, Dillon Dube, and Cal Foote – have been directed to surrender to police in London, Ont., to be charged with sexual assault in connection with an alleged incident that occurred during a Hockey Canada event in the city in June 2018, two sources familiar with the matter told TSN.” [TSN]
Lawyers for Michael McLeod say the New Jersey Devils forward has been charged with sexual assault and that he will plead not guilty. pic.twitter.com/7AXyYZzUrs— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) January 30, 2024
A lawyer for Cal Foote confirms that the New Jersey Devil defenceman has been charged with sexual assault and says that Foote is innocent. pic.twitter.com/StswNp9CuM— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead) January 30, 2024
Jesper Bratt will make his first All-Star Game appearance:
“The Devils will likely be in a fight to make the playoffs for the rest of the year, and their season has so far been defined by key injuries, goaltending woes and general inconsistencies. But in the midst of their at-times disappointing year, (Simon) Nemec has been a bright spot, showing off his puck-moving ability and collecting 13 points in 26 games since his Dec. 1 debut. Forced into a bigger role than expected, he has held up defensively and had strong underlying numbers, all while playing more than 20 minutes a night.” [The Athletic ($)]
Bring him home! Bring him home! Bring him home!
Friedman on 32TP: "I would find it very hard to believe the #NJDevils in particular have not looked into Adam Henrique"— NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) January 29, 2024
What might it take for the Devils to pry Juuse Saros out of Nashville? [Daily Faceoff]
What can the NHL do when a player is charged with a crime? A look at what discretion Gary Bettman and the NHL have: [The Athletic ($)]
Chris Johnston: “We know the NHL, NHLPA, and IIHF have been working toward getting a package of international events. That being, a limited field tournament for 2025, the Olympics in Milan in 2026, and eventually a full-scale World Cup in 2028. At this time I’m told those are still a work in progress. What I can tell you is that there is a call with the IIHF on Wednesday and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to meet with the media on Friday in Toronto. There does remain hope that there will be something to announce once he gets to the podium.” [TSN]
“No matter where (Sidney) Crosby ends up on the all-time scoring list, he has already cemented himself as one of the greatest hockey players ever. But the 36-year-old isn’t finished just yet — he’s reminding the NHL what a game-breaker he can be at any phase in his career. And that may be what pushes him right back into the familiar territory of the playoff race and MVP conversation.” [The Athletic ($)]
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