Just another couple of weeks until training camps around the NHL open and one NHL player is facing discipline on the International hockey stage. The IIHF made shockwaves on Friday morning as they suspended Russian athlete and Washington Capitals superstar Evgeny Kuznetsov for four years. With Russians taking pride in playing on the international stage, this suspension will not be easy for Kuznetsov. More on that later. Here is the news for Saturday, August 24.
The big headline from Friday was that the IIHF suspended Evgeny Kuznetsov for four years after testing positive for cocaine back at this year’s World Championships. As part of the ban, Kuznetsov cannot partake in any International hockey game or play in the KHL. (TSN)
Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly released a statement in regards to the Kuznetsov suspension and the player has been seeking help from the NHL and NHLPA. Kuznetsov will also meet with Commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss his conduct prior to the season. (NHL.com)
After the NHL officially announced their plans to make Seattle the league’s 32nd franchise, everyone has been waiting to see what the Seattle Franchise will be called. It appears we will have an answer. The Seattle nickname could be revealed as early as this year’s All-Star Game. (Sportsnet)
The Minnesota Wild decided to get a hockey guy involved in their GM search this time. And boy did it pay off. Mike Modano played a crucial role in Bill Guerin becoming the new general of the Minnesota Wild. (Twin Cities Pioneer Press)