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New Jersey Devils 1995 Stanley Cup Championship Reunion Charity Game

Ex-enforcer Peluso rips Devils, Lamoriello for ignoring seizures


You may have already read the piece that former tough guy Mike Peluso penned for the Globe and Mail a few days ago.

If not, Peluso (pictured, left) wrote that the concussions he suffered during his career have left him with serious health concerns today. Now 49, he’s one of the former players suing the league over concussions.

In addition to taking legal action against the NHL, Peluso has also taken direct aim at the New Jersey Devils, for whom he played almost 200 games and fought numerous times.

“I have a problem with the Devils right now with the fact that a lot of this could have been prevented,” Peluso said in an interview with NJ Advance Media. “I take four Dilantin (medication to control seizures) on even days and five Dilantin on odd days.

“The seizure medication is brutal, but you have to take it to survive. I pray I don’t have another seizure. I just don’t understand why someone didn’t pull me aside and tell me: ‘This is where you’ll be if you do this role. You’re welcome to do it, but these are the consequences.’ I would have never done it.”

There are more quotes in the story, many of them extremely critical of GM Lou Lamoriello, in particular for chalking up Peluso’s seizures to “nutrition and dehydration.” (See the bottom of this New York Times article from 1994.)

Peluso also believes that the reason he was traded by the Devils was “because there was a little scrum and I guess I didn’t jump in for Scott Stevens against Craig Berube.”

Report: BOG to vote on Vegas expansion in September

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From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

The National Hockey League Board of Governors will vote on a Las Vegas franchise bid in September, the MGM International executive heading up construction of the company’s new Strip arena said Friday.

During a media tour of the arena project, Mark Prows, MGM’s senior vice president of arenas, said the board will “socialize” with Bill Foley’s franchise team during its June meeting in Las Vegas, and will hold a formal vote on Foley’s expansion team proposal when it next meets, in September.

That’s certainly a little more than NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was willing to say a couple of weeks ago.

“When we get to the [board of governors] meeting in June I will report to the board as to where things stand based on the expressions of interest and we’ll figure out then what, if anything, we want to do,” said Bettman.

And when reached by email, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told PHT the report was “extremely premature.”

“The Board hasn’t even determined what next steps, if any, it should entertain with respect to expansion generally,” wrote Daly.

Related: Bettman on hand to wish Vegas ‘good luck’ as ticket drive begins

Report: Former Lightning coach Boucher has been contacted by NHL teams

Guy Boucher Getty

From L.A. Lariviere of TVA Sports:

Boucher has been coaching in Switzerland since being fired by the Lightning in 2013. Originally hired with a reputation as an innovator (remember all the hubbub over his “1-3-1” system?), he led Tampa Bay to within one game of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.

Boucher may not be the leading candidate for any current or future NHL vacancies, but depending where Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan, Ken Hitchcock and others end up, you never know, he could get himself in the running somewhere.

After scoreless series versus Detroit, Stamkos looking forward to ‘fresh start’ versus Habs

Tampa Bay Lightning v Detroit Red Wings - Game Six

Steven Stamkos is happy to be in the second round of the playoffs.

And he’s probably just as happy to be done trying to shake Pavel Datsyuk.

Stamkos was held without a goal in seven games versus the Red Wings, though he did manage to rack up 22 shots.

“The first round was tough when you’re not producing, but that was an eye-opener for me that I can go out there and focus on other areas of the game, whether it was faceoffs or playing well defensively,” he said, per the Canadian Press. “The beauty of it is it’s kind of a fresh start and I’m excited for that chance.”

The Lightning open their series with the Canadiens tonight in Montreal. Stamkos scored five goals in five games versus the Habs, all of them Tampa Bay wins, during the regular season.

Then again, he had four goals in four games versus the Wings, three of them Tampa Bay wins, during the regular season.

“This is a brand new ballgame,” he said. “I think this group has learned the lesson of not paying any attention to what happened in previous games.”

Related: Coach Cooper isn’t worried about Stamkos’ goal drought

Babcock to meet with Holland, expects to make Red Wings decision in 10 days

Mike Babcock

This is going to be a brief post because there’s really not much to report. Mike Babcock hasn’t made a decision on his future. He doesn’t know if he’ll be back in Detroit coaching the Red Wings next season, or if he’ll be somewhere else.

“I’m not trying to snow you,” he told reporters today. “I don’t know.”

And so, over the next 10 days, Babcock will talk it over with his wife (a.k.a. the real “boss”) and meet with Red Wings GM Ken Holland.

After that, there should be something real to pass along.

We suppose if there was one interesting thing Babcock said today, it might have been this:

Feel free to try and parse something out of that.

Just don’t go overboard with your parsing, because…

Related: On the difference between ‘good’ and ‘big-time’ players