While we watch to see whether the Detroit Red Wings or Chicago Blackhawks will provide opposition for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Finals…here are a coupe of items that have caught my attention today.
We’ll start off with this story that broke in Lakeland, Florida…just down I-4 from where I am this week.
“Orange” Isn’t The Only Kinda “Juice” Comin’ Outa Florida It Seems
It’s not been a good couple of weeks for the Washington Capitals, has it? First they get dumped in the second round by the Penguins…being thumped in a game seven at home. Then they find out that two of their players are taking their pucks and going home to mother Russia…now we find out that the U.S. Attorney’s Office is looking into the possibility that two alleged steroid dealers were funnelling the product from their home in Lakeland, Florida to players belonging to the Washington Capitals and Washington Nationals.
Richard “Andy” Thomas and his wife Sara were arrested by Polk County sheriffs Tuesday. Sheriff Grady Judd indicated that an estimated $200,000 worth of illegal steroids were seized when they took the pair into custody.
Samara Sados of Tampa Bay Online writes that authorities are “still trying to determine whether Richard Thomas was telling the truth when he said he is the biggest steroid provider in Central Florida and that he sold mostly to professional athletes, including those on the Washington Capitals hockey team and Washington Nationals baseball team”.
In response to these allegations, the Washington Capitals’ President Dick Patrick has released the following statement:
“We have no reason to believe there is any merit to this story, but the National Hockey League and the Washington Capitals take all such allegations seriously. Capitals players have fully participated in the NHL’s random drug testing program, and at no point has a Capitals player tested positive. In addition our players have been tested at international events, such as World Championships and Olympics. We welcome and will fully cooperate with the NHL’s investigation.”
Also, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly has released this statement on behalf of the league:
“The Washington Capitals have no knowledge of any aspect of this allegation. Capitals players were subjected to no-notice testing three times in each of the past two seasons pursuant to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and there was no indication of any improper conduct or wrongdoing.
“Even though there are no specifics provided in the story and we have no reason, at this point, to believe the allegations are true, the National Hockey League takes all matters of this nature very seriously and will conduct a prompt investigation.”
Roy Tells Avalanche “Thanks, But No Thanks”
Patrick Roy, who won a pair of Stanley Cup championships with the Colorado Avalanche, was offered the team’s head coaching position recently. However, Roy has turned down the offer citing family reasons…the story being confirmed by both the Avalanche and Quebec Ramparts, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team he co-owns and coaches.
“He made the decision last night that he’s staying,” Nicole Bouchard, the Remparts’ director of media relations, told The Associated Press.
Appearently Roy and Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix back on May 7 to discuss the coaching position that…to the best of my knowledge…is still occupied by Tony Granato.
Hmmmm…if Granato hasn’t yet brushed off the ‘ol resume, he might just want to start considering doing so don’t ya think?