The saga of Dustin Byfuglien’s August 31 boating DWI on a Minnesota lake is nearly a month old and its still churning out little nuggets seemingly by the day.
Now a police report released Tuesday says Byfuglien’s breathalyzer count was .03, well under the legal limit of .08 in Minnesota, but they still suspected the burly blue liner of being impaired by drugs due to slurred speech and an inability to pass a field sobriety test. Byfuglien admitted to having 2 or 3 glasses of wine at dinner, which he and his party were traveling from at the time they were stopped by police. Noted in the police report was the presence of a brown stain on Byfuglien’s tongue. Byfuglien was stopped by police at a Lake Minnetonka check point because he did not have proper lights on his boat, according to a Winnipeg Free Press report. Read more
Jassen Cullimore will skate in Germany this season.
On Monday, Cullimore signed with the Iserlohn Roosters of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). Cullimore will join the team for training camp next month. The Roosters’ season begins on September 16. He joins goaltender Manny Legace and former Rockford IceHogs’ defenseman Prestin Ryan on the Iserlohn team. Iserlohn [IEC] missed the playoffs last season and finished 12th out of 14 DEL teams. Cullimore turns 39 in December.
While re-signing Cullimore was never a sure-thing, this does leave an important hole on the IceHogs’ defense.
Right now their top five is Ryan Stanton, Brian Connelly, Joe Lavin, Dylan Olsen and Shawn Lalonde. With the exception of Stanton, Rockford’s defense, as currently constructed, is at best modest in their responsibilities south of the offensive blue line. Simon Danis-Pepin is in the mix as well, but his skating was still barely AHL-level in April. Rockford will need a veteran shut-down defenseman. Connelly can now be considered a vet on the offensive side, but he can’t mind Lalonde in the defensive zone and you really shouldn’t count on Olsen to do that just yet, at least to start the season. Read more
Blackhawks assistant coach Mike Haviland is interviewing for the Winnipeg head coaching job on Friday, per the Winnipeg Free Press. Others known to be interviewing are Craig MacTavish, Manitoba Moose head coach Claude Noel and technically the current Winnipeg coach, Craig Ramsey. It had appeared this would essentially come down to Noel and Haviland unless another candidate steps up. However, MacTavish, who was heavily rumored to be the new Wild coach, is back in the mix as word tonight is that Minnesota hired Mike Yeo, who is the head coach of their AHL affiliate Houston Aeros. I think the linked article’s phrasing – “Ramsey has also been granted an interview,” tells you Ramsey is heading into this process a heavy underdog.
– Chris Campoli was named to the NHLPA Competition Committee on Monday. Montreal’s Mike Cammalleri is the other new member of the committee. Campoli and Cammalleri replace Mike Commodore and Mathieu Schneider as voting members. Schneider will stay on as an advisor. The committee now consists of Campoli, Cammalleri, David Backes, Chris Clark and Ryan Miller.
In Boston on Monday, the committee voted to approve the broadening of Rule 48 (originally known as the blindside headshot rule) to cover a hit to the head from any angle. Alterations were needed because when the league put together Rule 48 and called it the “Illegal Check to the head” rule (contrary to legal checks to the head, you see) the rule didn’t cover all checks to the head of an opponent.
Campoli (right knee surgery) should be cleared for full workouts in 2-3 weeks. He’s a restricted free agent on July 1 as long as he gets his qualifying offer a few days before then.
Haven’t read or heard an update on Troy Brouwer (right labral (shoulder) tear) since his May 10th surgery. He’s expected to be fine by training camp. Brouwer is also a restricted free agent in need of a new deal.
– This is old news but again, we’re catching up. Read more
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