The Edmonton Oilers were victorious last night, winning 5-2 over the NHL’s newest team thanks to strong performances from Leon Draisaitl (2-2-4) and Mikko Koskinen (27/29, 0.931%). The Oilers were second best for large stretches of the game, but found a way to score a buttload of goals anyway. Cool.
In other news, Gary Bettman spoke to the media for the first time since the Kyle Beach story really broke last week. His presser was so wholly inadequate — and infuriating — that it’s hard to express how disappointing it was without fully devolving into swearing and yelling. That man needs to go. Into a baler.
Frank Seravalli, the current President of the PHWA, released a statement effectively chastising Bettman and the league for not calling on Rick Westhead soon enough in the presser. He acknowledged Westhead’s status as a non-member of the PHWA, and proclaimed that the PHWA — the NHL’s free press — would not be silenced. What he did not do, as astutely noted by former C&B mainstay Alan Hull, was speak to why this reporting had to come from a member outside of the PHWA in the first place, or what the hell those PHWA members have been doing for the past however long:
First, good. Call out BS.— Alan Hull (@alanhull) November 2, 2021
1) Don't let the lie about Aliu's investigation being done slide w/o follow up.
2) Ask your members why the guy who led the way reporting on the biggest hockey scandal in yrs wasn't a PHWA member. Where were most of the members on this story? https://t.co/YI50PjKhX2
To that point, none of these reporters who have endeavored to do better since the Block & Jenner report’s results were made public, seem to give a shit that the NHL is lying about the Akim Aliu investigation and its status. They certainly don’t seem to give a shit that Kevin Cheveldayoff — also involved in the Aliu case to some degree — is still collecting an NHL paycheck. And you can bet none of the most prominent MSM are shining any sort of light on the ongoing Bill Guerin investigation, in which he (too) is accused of covering up a sexual assault:
Legal team for Erin Skalde announces in a media advisory that she will file a lawsuit in state court and will detail allegations of sexual assault against Clark Donatelli and will also name Pittsburgh Penguins, Bill Guerin, owner Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle as defendants in suit— Katie Strang (@KatieJStrang) November 2, 2021
To that point, look at this statement from the Penguins from earlier this morning:
Statement from the Penguins: pic.twitter.com/YxHXWAWxnE— Katie Strang (@KatieJStrang) November 2, 2021
Awful. It’s all so awful. With every passing moment, it seems, it’s getting harder and harder to justify sinking even a minute of free time into this league.
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