Author: Jason Brough

Jarret Stoll

Report: Stoll arrested going through security area into Vegas pool


TMZ Sports has obtained the police report from Jarrett Stoll’s arrest for drug possession in Las Vegas.

From TMZ Sports:

The L.A. Kings player was busted around 4:30 PM on Friday while going through the security area — that EVERYONE goes through — on the way in to the Wet Republic pool party at the MGM Grand. 

Despite the sign CLEARLY warning people that they will be patted down on the way inside, Stoll took his chances … and a Wet Republic security guard found a pink baggie with white powder and numerous “gel-caps” with an off-white powder inside consistent with the drug “Molly.” 

Stoll reportedly admitted that the powder was cocaine.

A 32-year-old pending unrestricted free agent, Stoll’s future with the Kings was in doubt even before his arrest. The club has so far chosen to withhold comment on the situation.

Sharks and McLellan have ‘mutually agreed’ to part ways

Head coach Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks watches from the bench in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Vancouver Canucks during the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 5, 2013 in San Jose, California. The Sharks defeated the Canucks 5-2.
(May 4, 2013 - Source: Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

The San Jose Sharks and head coach Todd McLellan have “mutually agreed” to part ways, the club announced today.

“I want to thank Todd and his staff for their years of service to the San Jose Sharks organization,” said GM Doug Wilson in a release. “Sometimes a change is best for all parties involved but nothing will take away from what Todd and his staff accomplished here over the last seven seasons.”

“San Jose will always hold a special place for me and my family,” said McLellan. “I would like to thank Doug and the Sharks organization for allowing me the opportunity to coach at the National Hockey League level. While we both agree that a change is in the best interest of myself and the team, I’m proud of what we accomplished as an organization.”

The Sharks also announced that assistant coaches Jim Johnson and Jay Woodcroft, as well as video coordinator Brett Heimlich, have been fired.

The moves are not unexpected after the Sharks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003. McLellan, should he wish to coach next season, could be a candidate for vacancies in Toronto, Philadelphia and Buffalo. He could also be a candidate in places like Detroit and Edmonton, should those clubs require a new coach.

The Sharks enjoyed much success during McLellan’s tenure, but could never advance past the conference finals.

Desperate Jets will ‘lean on’ their crowd tonight

Vancouver Canucks v Winnipeg Jets

There were three buildings I think people were really looking forward to seeing in these playoffs.

One was Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which was absolutely rocking Sunday, helping the Islanders summon the energy to beat the Capitals 2-1 in overtime — a scoreline that, frankly, flattered the visitors.

Another was the Saddledome, where the sea of red was on full display in last night’s 4-2 Calgary victory over Vancouver. Afterwards, the Flames gushed about the crowd and how it helped them out.

The third may be the loudest of them all.

Tonight at MTS Centre, the Jets will host the Anaheim Ducks in the first NHL playoff game in Winnipeg since 1996.

There will be noise.

There will be a whiteout.

And the Ducks, leading the Jets 2-0 in their first-round series, know it.

“Just going to try to enjoy it and not focus too much on the crowd,” said Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg, per the Winnipeg Free Press. “Hopefully we’ll take the crowd out of the game by scoring early.”

Scoring first was something neither the Caps nor Canucks could manage yesterday. The Isles dominated the first period, outshooting the visitors 16-5 and hitting anything that moved. In similar fashion, it was the Flames’ aggressive forecheck that flummoxed the more experienced Canucks.

Don’t be surprised if the Jets, desperate for a victory, come out just as aggressively as the Isles and Flames did.

“We lean on our crowd an awful lot,” coach Paul Maurice said, per the Canadian Press. “The different dynamic in our building is that the fans are loud and the music isn’t. The other places the fans are sort of loud but the music will blow your ears off.”

By the way, at last glance, the cheapest ticket on StubHub was $382.50.

Related: Jets fans were partying in the streets last night

So…what do the Oilers do now?

Craig MacTavish.

The Edmonton Oilers have some major decisions to make.

None of those decisions will involve who they’ll draft first overall in June. After winning today’s lottery, they’ll take Connor McDavid. We’re 99.99999999 percent certain of that.

But things have definitely changed for the team with the longest active playoff drought, now nine seasons long. McDavid is ready to play in the NHL today. By all accounts, he’s ready to be a star, a la Sidney Crosby, who put up 102 points in his rookie season.

As Oilers GM Craig MacTavish put it, winning today’s lottery was “a game-changer” for his club.

Now, for the record, it’s been reported by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that MacTavish has informed forwards Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nail Yakupov that they will not be traded.

But one has to wonder, is that still the case? Because the Oilers weren’t counting on getting McDavid. They only entered the lottery with an 11.5 percent chance of winning. Chances were, they were going to get a player like Boston College d-man Noah Hanifin or Erie forward Dylan Strome. Two great prospects, sure. But not McDavid.

On top of Hall, Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, Yakupov and (presumably) McDavid, Edmonton also has 19-year-old center Leon Draisaitl, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft.

That’s six top-six forwards, even if Draisaitl isn’t quite there yet.

It’s also three centers. Which begs the question, if MacTavish does hold true to his reported word and keeps Hall, Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins, and Yakupov, could Draisaitl be an asset the Oilers would consider trading for defensive help?

Maybe, maybe not. But just so you know, here’s what MacTavish said a few days ago:

“Make no mistake, we have the assets to go out and acquire more proven players.”

And then he said this:

“Do I envision a scenario where a proven top one or two defenseman becomes available? Potentially. I think there are going to be some very unhappy teams here in the next couple of weeks. There are going to be teams that are up against a very tight salary cap, and that’s going to create an environment where they potentially could be looking to offload some high-end assets.

“We’d be in a position — because of the developing assets that we have — where we’d be able to acquire them.”

Anyway, it’s only been a few moments since the Oilers learned the good news. They’re going to need some time to think about what they want to do. The draft isn’t until June 26–27 in Sunrise, Florida.  

“We’re going to enjoy this for now,” MacTavish said today after the big win. “It’s a pretty special night for all the Oilers fans. It’s a game-changer for the franchise. I feel great for the players and I feel really good for the fans. We’ll enjoy that for an evening and then figure out how this all works going forward.”

If you’ve got any advice for MacT, please do share it in the comments section.

Sabres? Oilers? Coyotes? Leafs? ‘Canes? — McDavid would be happy to play for any of them

Erie Otters v London Knights

Based on the Q&A Connor McDavid did recently with the Toronto Sun, it doesn’t sound like we have to worry about an Eric Lindros-type situation at this summer’s draft.

McDavid, one of the most highly touted junior prospects of all time, was asked for his take on five possible future homes. He proceeded to call Buffalo “a special place,” Arizona “a fun opportunity,” Edmonton “an awesome place as well,” Toronto a potential “dream come true,” and Carolina “an awesome possibility.”

Those are, of course, the five teams with the best odds of winning Saturday’s lottery and drafting McDavid. And based on his answers, we assume he’s equally excited at the prospect of playing for any of the other nine teams with a chance.

I mean, obviously not Philadelphia, but any of the other ones for sure.

Just kidding, Flyers fans! He’d be happy to go there too. He’d be happy to go anywhere!

(But obviously not New Jersey.)


Related: NBC to air NHL Draft Lottery on April 18