Aaron Boogaard’s attorney seeks to dismiss felony charge

Following up on a very sad story, Aaron Boogaard’s attorney continues to work on his client’s behalf as he attempts to have the felony account of selling a controlled substance dismissed. You may remember that in the weeks after his brother Derek’s tragic death, Aaron was charged with “interference with a death” for flushing pills down the toilet and “third degree sale of a controlled substance” for reportedly attempting to sell Derek’s non-prescribed drugs.

Boogaard’s attorney wants to throw out the felony charge because there was “no probable cause.” From the Star Tribune’s article posted this evening:

“On Aug. 12, his attorney, John Lundquist, filed multiple motions, including one seeking to dismiss a felony count of third-degree sale of a controlled substance. In the motion, Lundquist contends that the complaint does not state an offense committed by Aaron Boogaard and does not meet the requirements for charging.

He did not challenge the charge of interference with a death scene, a gross misdemeanor.”

The next step is for the judge in the case to rule on both the Hennepin County prosecutors and Boogaard’s defense attorney’s motions on October 6. At that point, we’ll know if the case will proceed as a felony trial or if the judge will knock the charges down to a lesser crime. Regardless, the “interference with a death” charge will still be up for argument when the case finally goes to trial.

Just about everyone can agree that this is a horrible story that needs to reach some kind of resolution. Obviously for the family, they want their younger son to be exonerated of any wrong-doing; but still the wounds of the family tragedy remain wide open while the trial slowly trudges along. The family will be able to find closure once the judge has made their decision and the trial has reached its conclusion. The sooner it’s over, the sooner they’ll be able to start the heeling process.

As a side note, the trial and public fallout has the potential to end Aaron Boogaard’s career before it ever got started. Last season, the former 6th round pick racked up 172 PIMs for the Central Hockey League’s Laredo Bucks. It’s clearly a secondary concern at this point, but it’s just another sad footnote to one of the most tragic hockey stories in recent memory.

No matter how this trial and unfortunate incident plays out, our thoughts are with a family that has already had to deal with more sad news than people should have to deal with. In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted as the story continues to develop.

Niemi blanks Pens, notches two assists in Stars debut

Antti Niemi, Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist

DALLAS (AP) — Antti Niemi recorded his 33rd career shutout and assisted on two goals in his Dallas debut, as the Stars beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-0 on Thursday night in the season opener for both.

Ales Hemsky had a power-play goal and an assist.

Rookie Matthias Janmark scored on his first shot on his first shift in an NHL game to make it 1-0. The Stars acquired Niemi and Janmark in trades earlier this year.

Dallas scored on two of five power plays. Jamie Benn, the NHL’s leading scorer last season, had a power-play goal in the third period.

Niemi made 37 saves to improve his career record against the Penguins to 5-1-1. He withstood a flurry in the final minute after Pittsburgh pulled goalie Marc-Andre Fleury for an extra skater.

Fleury had 21 saves.

The Stars are 4-0-1 in their last five home games against Pittsburgh, and have won three in a row overall.

Janmark skated down the slot, took a pass from Hemsky and shot between Fleury’s legs at 1:39 of the first.

The Penguins dominated the latter half of the period, but couldn’t score. Niemi’s best stop was a reaching glove save of Rod Scuderi’s drive from the blue line with less than 3 minutes remaining. Pittsburgh outshot the Stars 10-4 in the first.

Hemsky scored at 5:42 of the second on Dallas’ first power play. His shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went in over Fleury’s right shoulder.

The Penguins again had an advantage in shots, 13-11. Pittsburgh had chances in close, but Niemi turned those away. Midway through the second, John Klingberg cleared away a loose puck from in front of the net.

Seven seconds into the Stars’ fourth power play of the third period, Jamie Benn tipped in Jason Spezza‘s shot from the right point.

NOTES: Dallas acquired Janmark as part of a March trade that sent Erik Cole to Detroit. The rookie had been playing in the Swedish Hockey League. . San Jose traded Niemi’s rights to the Stars in June for a seventh-round draft pick. Also making their Dallas debuts were LW Patrick Sharp and D Johnny Oduya, teammates with Chicago’s Stanley Cup champions last season. . In his first game for the Penguins, Phil Kessel played in his 447th straight game. . Pittsburgh was 0 for 3 on the power play.

Fabbri’s first spoils McDavid’s debut as Blues down Oilers

Robby Fabbri, Justin Schultz
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Robby Fabbri scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to help the St. Louis Blues beat Edmonton 3-1 Thursday night, spoiling Oilers rookie Connor McDavid‘s NHL debut.

Vladimir Tarasenko had the tying goal for the Blues near the midpoint of the second period, and Troy Brouwer added an empty-netter with 18 seconds remaining in the third. Brian Elliott finished with 23 saves.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored in the first period for Edmonton and Cam Talbot had 28 saves.

McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, took 22 shifts, played 18:07 and was on the ice for Brouwer’s goal. He had two shots on goal, and struggled on faceoffs – winning only three of 13.

Fabbri, a 19-year-old forward — and McDavid’s childhood friend — was also playing in his first NHL game. The Blues’ first-round pick in 2014 was one of three rookies in the St. Louis lineup, joining defensemen Colton Parayko and Joel Edmundson.

Nugent-Hopkins gave the Oilers a 1-0 lead late in the first period with a fluke power-play goal. He lost a face-off but when Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo tried to clear the puck it bounced off Alexander Steen and past Brian Elliott. Nugent-Hopkins was credited with the unassisted power-play goal with 2:38 remaining in the period.

Tarasenko tied it a 9:10 of the second after getting loose on a breakaway with a stretch pass from Alex Pietrangelo and beating Talbot through his legs.

Tarasenko, who signed an eight-year, $60 million extension in the offseason, was the last Blues player to score in his debut.

NOTES: McDavid and F Anton Slepyshev made their NHL debuts for the Oilers. … St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina dropped the ceremonial first puck. … The attendance was announced as standing room-only 19,327.