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Noise-related lawsuit against Helm, Tatar has been dismissed


Back in March, word surfaced that Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar was facing a possible eviction from a condo owned by teammate Darren Helm stemming from alleged noisy behavior. We can all rest easily (literally and figuratively?) knowing that the lawsuit has been resolved and dismissed, according to the Detroit News.

The Main Street Lofts Condominium Association filed the complaint. The Detroit News reports that Tatar, 23, moved out of the “trendy third-floor space” after the Red Wings were eliminated from the 2014 postseason, so perhaps the association got its wish that he would “vacate the premises.”

(He probably won’t move back in for the 2014-15 season, but that’s pure speculation.)

Here are the details of the complaint, via the Detroit News:

In the original complaint, the association alleged it had received received numerous complaints from neighbors that excessive noise had been heard coming from the condominium “up to four nights a week” between midnight and 4 a.m. since late October 2013. Neighbors had become weary of “loud music, yelling and banging on the floors and walls.”

Tatar, a Slovakian native, allegedly also made a habit of routinely parking his vehicle in parking spaces inside the private parking lot designated for short-term guest parking.


If it makes his previously sleep-deprived neighbors feel any better, Tatar scored eight points in March, so at least that alleged boisterous celebrating was for a good cause. Right? Maybe?

Cocaine in the NHL: A concern, but not a crisis?

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Does the NHL have a cocaine problem?

TSN caught up with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who provided some fascinating insight:

“The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up,” Daly said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”


Daly said that he’d be surprised  “if we’re talking more than 20 guys” and then touched on something that may be a problem: they don’t test it in a “comprehensive way.”

As Katie Strang’s essential ESPN article about the Los Angeles Kings’ tough season explored in June, there are some challenges for testing for a drug like cocaine. That said, there are also some limitations that may raise some eyebrows.

For one, it metabolizes quickly. Michael McCabe, a Philadelphia-based toxicology expert who works for Robson Forensic, told that, generally speaking, cocaine filters out of the system in two to four days, making it relatively easy to avoid a flag in standard urine tests.

The NHL-NHLPA’s joint drug-testing program is not specifically designed to target recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. The Performance Enhancing Substances Program is put into place to do exactly that — screen for performance-enhancing drugs.

So, are “party drugs” like cocaine and molly an issue for the NHL?

At the moment, the answer almost seems to be: “the league hopes not.”

Daly goes into plenty of detail on the issue, so read the full TSN article for more.

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

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Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.