Author: Jason Brough

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Francis Bouillon announces retirement

Francis Bouillon has retired.

The 39-year-old defenseman made the announcement today via the Montreal Canadiens’ website.

Bouillon finished with 149 points in 776 NHL games for Montreal and Nashville. He also played in 55 playoff games.

Bouillon’s last NHL game was on May 29, 2014 — a 1-0 Canadiens loss to the Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

He played last season in Switzerland.

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    Erie County D.A. calls press conference to address evidence-tampering allegations in Kane case

    Patrick Kane

    Erie County district attorney Frank Sedita has called a press conference for tomorrow morning to address allegations of evidence-tampering in the Patrick Kane sexual assault case.

    It was reported earlier today that Sedita’s office had taken into possession the “rape-kit evidence bag” that Kane’s accuser’s lawyer, Thomas Eoannou, claimed had been tampered with.

    Eoannou insisted yesterday that the bag was “authentic” and had been “anonymously delivered to the home of” the accuser’s mother.

    Sedita promised yesterday to investigate the allegations, which both the Hamburg Police Department and Erie County Central Police Services seemed to refute in separate statements.

    Sedita’s press conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    The media didn’t get fed last night in Brooklyn

    Hot dogs

    From the Daily News:

    The Islanders’ relationship with Barclays Center in their first official week in Brooklyn already is off to a bumpy start.

    The two partners have been haggling over a generally minor and silly monetary issue — specifically, the prices the team must pay the arena to provide meals for NHL off-ice officials and purchasable ones for the media.

    Because of this dispute, the media covering last night’s Islanders-Devils preseason game didn’t get a pre-game meal.


    According to the News, the Isles claim the prices that are being charged by the arena are “exorbitant.”

    The arena disagrees, with one source telling the newspaper, “The Islanders perhaps have decided the media isn’t that important to them.”

    This is obviously a very serious situation. If there’s one thing that sports fans care deeply about, it’s that their heroes in the press box are happy.

    So hopefully this dispute ends soon. Otherwise there could be trouble…

    Akeson to have hearing for hit on Greening


    We have our first disciplinarian hearing of 2015-16.

    The NHL announced today that Buffalo forward Jason Akeson will have a hearing Friday afternoon for charging/an illegal check to the head of Ottawa’s Colin Greening.

    Greening reportedly “left the ice on wobbly legs” after the second-period collision. Ottawa’s Travis Ewanyk reacted by instigating a fight with Akeson.

    No penalty was assessed for the hit.

    Roy says offense will continue to be the ‘identity’ of the Avs

    Matt Duchene, Ryan O'Reilly, Nathan MacKinnon, Tyson Barrie

    In 2013-14, Patrick Roy’s first season behind Colorado’s bench, the Avalanche players couldn’t gush enough about their new coach’s philosophy– especially when it was compared to their old coach’s system, one in which they never really believed.

    “In the past, we played a lot of D-to-D, chip-it-up-the-wall kind of hockey,” said Erik Johnson. “Now, there’s a lot of flow to our game, where we come out of the zone with speed. We’re really utilizing our best asset, which is our speed.”

    The Avs went on to win the Central Division and, for that, Roy was named the NHL’s coach of the year.

    Then 2014-15 happened. As we all know, things didn’t go so well for Colorado last season. The Avs finished tied with the Flyers for the 21st-ranked defense and missed the playoffs by a considerable margin.

    So, time to tighten things up? Maybe play a bit more conservatively?

    Not a chance.

    “That does not mean we cannot play well defensively,” Roy told “But if you look at our training camp this year, the first thing we did is work on our offense, we didn’t work on our defense. We worked on our offense first. We want to make everyone accountable, but at the same time, we believe that that is our identity, this is who we are, and this is how we want to play. We want to have entertaining hockey here night after night.”

    “Look at the Chicago Blackhawks,” added GM Joe Sakic. “It’s speed, that’s what we want.”

    Of course, the ‘Hawks, when they’ve won their Stanley Cups, have been among the best defensive teams in the NHL (5th in 2010, 1st in 2013, 2nd in 2015). Not so much because they played a boring, conservative style, but, rather, because it’s hard to score on a team that has the puck all the time.

    That will be the challenge for the Avs.

    “When you’re an offensive team, where we like to go on the rush, then you’re not going to possess the puck as long as you’d like to,” said Roy. “We’re not a team that’s going to cycle and eat time in the O-zone.”

    Time will tell if that strategy pays off.

    With five home games in their first seven, the Avs have a good opportunity to start the 2015-16 campaign on a strong note.

    That’s something they didn’t do last year, and were never able to recover.