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Greater Toronto Area will get another NHL-caliber arena


Markham, which is part of the Greater Toronto Area, plans to build an arena worthy of an NHL team. The city council voted 11-2 to borrow $162.5 million for the project. An additional $162.5 million will be provided by GTA Sports and Entertainment.

GTA Sports and Entertainment has already been in contact with the NHL, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly has warned them not to make assumptions. While there might be an appetite for a second GTA team, this won’t be as simple as: “If you build it, they will come.”

The NHL will likely be reluctant to locate a second team so close to the Maple Leafs and even within Canada, Markham is probably not the NHL’s first choice should a team needs to be relocated. Still, Toronto is a big and hockey-crazy market. It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility that they’d be able to support two teams within driving distance of each other.

Silfverberg is set to practice again after Torres hit

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Considering all of the controversy surrounding the 41-game suspension for Raffi Torres, some might have lost track of the guy who received that hit: Jakob Silfverberg.

The good news is that, at the moment, it seems like he’s OK.

The Anaheim Ducks announced that he skated on his own and will be involved in the team’s next practice:

That falls in line with some of the fall-out from the hit, as head coach Bruce Boudreau let out a relieved “thank goodness” at the young forward seemingly dodging a bullet.

Here’s video of the hit and the suspension decision:

Silfverberg, 24, enjoyed a nice breakout in 2014-15, especially during the playoffs.

Keep in mind that injuries can sometimes crop up later than expected, especially potential head injuries/concussions. Still, it seems like the initial reaction is that the damage was minimal.

Report: Sean Avery was arrested last week

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From the Southampton Press:

Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.

According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.

As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”

He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.

Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?

H/t Gawker