Ontario's Court of Appeal rejects Rob Ramage's attempts to get a new trial

For the most part, we try to keep it light here at Pro Hockey Talk, but things aren’t always easy-going in hockey or life.

Take the sad case of former player Rob Ramage, whose attempts at getting a new trial fell on deaf ears recently. TSN has the story via the Canadian Press.

Ramage was convicted in 2007 of four charges including impaired driving causing death in the crash that killed his friend Keith Magnuson.

He was sentenced to four years in prison and a five-year driving ban, but has been out on bail and living in the United States.

But his lawyers argued his Charter rights were violated when he was required to give a urine sample while in hospital with a head injury and on morphine.

Ontario’s Court of Appeal has dismissed Ramage’s conviction and sentence appeals.

Its ruling says the trial judge did not err in concluding the urinalysis should be allowed under the Charter and that the charge to the jury was fair.

Not much else to say, other than that this is an unfortunate situation. We’ll let you know if there’s any more news regarding Ramage’s legal issues.

Sharks name Pavelski captain; Thornton, Couture alternates

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Joe Pavelski is the new captain of the San Jose Sharks. The club made the announcement today via Twitter.

The former captain, Joe Thornton, will be an alternate captain, along with Logan Couture.

Pavelski, 31, was the Sharks’ leading scorer last season, finishing with 37 goals and 33 assists. He’s also signed through 2018-19, so giving him the ‘C’ makes sense from a long-term stability perspective.

Couture, 26, is also signed through 2018-19, while Thornton, 36, only has two years left on his contract.

The Sharks had four alternate captains (Thornton, Pavelski, Patrick Marleau and Marc-Edouard Vlasic) in 2014-15, but no captain.

Related: DeBoer says Sharks will have a captain next season

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.