Thursday, Feb. 16 could tell the sports world a lot about Seattle’s chances of building an NHL-ready arena.
The Seattle Times reports that “mystery man” Christopher Hansen* plans to unveil his proposal to build an arena that could house NBA and NHL games tomorrow. The wealthy 44-year-old man didn’t really provide details on a target date for the potential arena build – or really any other pertinent bits.
(He does speak in “self-effacing tones,” though, so that’s pretty neat.)
Seattle certainly makes sense as a potential NHL city, although a possible return of the NBA would kill my (probably lonely) dream of having a hockey team named the Seattle Sonics. Anyway, here are a few other PHT bits on the Seattle scenario:
Is Seattle the new favorite to land the Coyotes?
Seattle mayor discusses negotiations
See where Seattle ranks as a potential NHL market according to this flawed system
And just for fun, a “pros and cons” look at the market from quite a ways back
* – No, not the “To Catch a Predator” Chris Hansen.
Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.
It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.
The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.
As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.
Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?
The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.
This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.
Zack Kassian may have avoided major injuries stemming from his Sunday car accident, but it likely sent the signal that he may need help.
The response: he was placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA on Monday.
According to the league’s release, Kassian “will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.”
Speaking of being suspended without pay, here’s a key detail:
The 24-year-old ended up with a broken nose and broken foot from that accident. The 2015-16 season was set to be his first campaign in the Montreal Canadiens organization after a tumultuous time with the Vancouver Canucks.
Kassian spoke of becoming more mature heading to Montreal, but the Canadiens were critical of his actions, wondering how many wake-up calls someone can get.
In case you’re wondering about the difference between stage one and two: