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New warrant issued for hockey coach/sexual predator Graham James

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If you’re not familiar with the story of former hockey coach Graham James you’re likely better off for not knowing about him and his disgusting past as a man taking advantage of being a leader to young boys of an impressionable age. James has been pointed out by former NHL players Theo Fleury and Sheldon Kennedy as being a sexually abusive figure in their lives, something that has helped to make each of their lives harder to live and at the root of major personal problems for each of them. Both Fleury and Kennedy have written gut-wrenching and terrifying books detailing their experiences being in the presence of James and being exposed to his horrific ways.

As it turns out, Fleury’s book and the detailed and stomach-turning stories he shared about his experiences with James have helped Canadian authorities in Winnipeg, Saskatchewan seek a new warrant against James, and it’s a warrant they’re going to get as they look to bring the sexual predator to justice. Both Fleury and Kennedy are grateful for the stepped up efforts by authorities to go after James.

Mr. Fleury said late Tuesday he was relieved to learn an arrest warrant will be issued for his former coach.

“I’m grateful to the Winnipeg Police for responding to my complaint,” said a statement posted on Mr. Fleury’s website.

“I know it took a while, but these things have to be done right.”

Police notified people involved in the case against Mr. James that the new warrant would be issued, but a Winnipeg Police Services spokesman refused to comment publicly Tuesday.

“When they (police) did my investigation they said there were probably 75 to 100 victims out there – which I believe to be true,” Mr. Kennedy said in an interview Tuesday night.

“To me, abuse kills. You can’t take what Graham did lightly.”

Meanwhile, Graham James is a man in hiding, doing so  in Guadalajara, Mexico. James was hiding out so well that Globe and Mail reporter Greg McArthur was able to track him down and interview him about his self-imposed exile after receiving a hush-hush pardon from authorities in 2007.

Clearly, James knew his time would come and that justice would eventually be served if he stayed in Canada or the United States and he ran like a scared dog. With Canada now expected to issue a new warrant for his arrest, James’ time to hide from the police is running short and justice will be served. For the sake of the world and all the people whose lives he’s destroyed, we can only hope that he’s taken into custody sooner than not.

Larkin will start season with Red Wings

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Dylan Larkin — despite being just 19 years old — will begin the season on the Detroit Red Wings, a team not normally accustomed to having teenagers in the lineup.

Coach Jeff Blashill confirmed the news this morning. Larkin could apparently start on a line with Henrik Zetterberg and Justin Abdelkader.

Larkin, the 15th overall pick in the 2014 draft, had three goals and one assist in five preseason games. A natural center, he’s shown the potential to one day step into the kind of “big-time” role that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk have played for so long in Detroit.

“You have to give our scouts credit,” former coach Mike Babcock told ESPN in May. “We got a great pick where we picked. How high end is he? How soon?”

Related: Coaching change ‘one of the reasons’ Larkin signed with Wings

Preseason stats: Five goalies with good numbers, five goalies with…not

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Yeah, yeah, it’s a small sample size and it’s just the preseason, but here are some goaltending stats anyway.

Five goalies with good numbers

Anders Nilsson, Edmonton — zero goals on 53 shots. His solid play a likely factor in the decision to waive Ben Scrivens, who actually wasn’t that bad in the preseason (4 goals on 56 shots).

Martin Jones, San Jose — three goals on 100 shots. The Sharks are rolling the dice on a couple of cheap goalies. Jones and Alex Stalock have a combined cap hit of just $4.6 million.

Jacob Markstom, Vancouver — three goals on 79 shots. Can he finally get over the NHL hump? If so, he could make it a real competition with Ryan Miller.

Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus — five goals on 122 shots. The Blue Jackets have scored a ton of goals in the preseason, but there remain questions about their blue line. Bobrovsky has the ability to make a so-so defense look good.

Anton Khudobin, Anaheim — two goals on 67 shots. A good early sign for the Ducks, who have Frederik Andersen in the starting role and want to give young John Gibson more time to develop in the AHL.

Five goalies with bad numbers

Thomas Greiss, Islanders — 14 goals on 94 shots. Has to be a bit of concern in Brooklyn. The Isles got below-average backup play last season from Chad Johnson. They wanted to fix that with the Greiss signing.

Robin Lehner, Buffalo — 11 goals on 95 shots. Tim Murray paid a hefty price to get the 24-year-old out of Ottawa. With the aforementioned Johnson in the backup role, the goaltending story is worth watching.

Jeff Zatkoff, Pittsburgh — 11 goals on 74 shots. Granted, Marc-Andre Fleury and Matthew Murray weren’t particularly sharp either. The Penguins conceded 28 goals in eight games.

Kari Lehtonen, Dallas — 15 goals on 84 shots. For a Stars team that desperately needs better goaltending, that has to be worrying. Antti Niemi wasn’t a whole lot better either, allowing eight goals on 65 shots. Fair question to ask — how many of all those goals were attributable to poor defensive play?

Pekka Rinne, Nashville — 12 goals on 91 shots. Has earned the benefit of the doubt, but thought we’d point it out anyway.