NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been ordered by a U.S. federal court judge to offer testimony in the concussions lawsuit filed by 60 former players against the league.
TSN has learned that late Tuesday, a judge ordered Bettman to testify in July on matters related to the high-stakes litigation.
The lawyers for the players have taken issue with a number of things that Bettman has said in the past regarding brain injuries in hockey, the insinuation being that he hasn’t taken the issue as seriously as he should have. They’ll also no doubt question how much scientific information the league did or did not pass on to the players.
“My priority is to figure out a way to make a deal on the SoDo site,” Coleman told Puget Sound Business Journal. “If for some reason that doesn’t happen, it is not going to detract us from looking at an alternative site that we have looked at and will continue to pursue if the [SoDo] site is not available…”
Coleman declined to say where his alternative site was located.
What he said, in case you somehow missed it, followed Sunday’s 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay, during which Prust was given two minutes for roughing, then, after arguing with Watson, an extra two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct.
“I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let [Watson] know on the way to the penalty box,” Prust said. “He kept provoking me. He came to the box and called me every name in the book. He called me a piece of you know what, a (expletive), coward, said he’d drive me right out of this building. I kept going, ‘Yeah, OK, yeah OK, yeah OK.’ He kept on me, he kept on me. I kept saying, ‘Yeah, OK.’ I wasn’t looking at him. He teed me up.
“That’s the ref he is. He tries to play God. He tries to control the game and he did that tonight.”
Prust expects to get a call from the NHL about his remarks. He will likely be fined.
Prust’s mea culpa may also have been spurred by his coach, Michel Therrien.
“I’m old school with those things,” Therrien said yesterday, per the Canadian Press. “I’m a true believer that what’s in the dressing room should stay in the dressing room, what’s on the ice and comments should stay on the ice. And we’ll take care of that internally.”