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• NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s reaction to the Canadiens drafting Logan Mailloux? “I was stunned. Surprised wouldn’t begin to explain my reaction. I’m a dad of two daughters, I have four granddaughters. What was done was horrific.” [The Score]
• Former Blackhawks Nick Boynton spoke with lawyers hired by the team to discuss memories of abuse allegations that arose during the 2010 playoffs: “They asked me who knew and I gave them names, basically everybody on the team. I said everybody f—ing knew about it. I said you can talk to the coaches. …I said talk to Torch [former assistant coach John Torchetti]. I called out Brian Campbell, and said talk to Patrick Sharp and talk to Kaner [Patrick Kane]. …The training staff knew. I’m sick of this wall of silence.” [TSN]
• “Corporate sponsors for the Montreal Canadiens are saying they are satisfied with the apology from team owner Geoff Molson for drafting a player who was convicted of a sex crime in Sweden.” [Globe and Mail]
• So what do the Golden Knights do about their hole at center? [The Hockey News]
• The signing is a big win for the Blue Jackets, who get a player to commit to the franchise. [1st Ohio Battery]
• Kings GM Rob Blake talks about the Danault and Edler signings, and what comes next for the franchise. [Mayor’s Manor]