- Helene St. James via twitter: Red Wings prospect Riley Sheahan pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 or more. The driving the wrong way on a one-way street and using false ID charges were dropped. Sheahan was arrested on Oct. 30th in a teletubby costume and was carrying his teammates, Brendan Smith’s ID. Because his alcohol content level was so high, he was charged under Michigan’s “super-drunk” DUI law.
- Ben Kuzma via twitter: Ryan Kesler’s agent, Kurt Overhardt, has said that Kesler’s return has been pushed back by several months. The Canucks may not agree with Overhardt’s timeline. Kesler had offseason shoulder and wrist surgeries, and was expected to be back next month. Kesler was re-evaluated two-weeks ago.
“The re-evaluation was positive in that the surgeries were successful,” said Overhardt. “However, the compounding nature of both of those surgeries being on the same side of the body, it’s been very hard to properly rehab either one of the them — particularly the shoulder — because that’s obviously a big deal.
“I don’t think it’s fair to have any sort of time frame when he’s going to be 100 per cent and cleared to play. I don’t have a crystal ball and it’s certainly months away, it’s not weeks away. It’s several months away.”
The Canucks may be thin down the middle if Kesler is out longer than expected. Kuzma drops the, they could move to Roberto Luongo to the Maple Leafs for Tyler Bozak rumor.
“I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s months away — that’s news to me — and I haven’t been given a timeline,” said assistant general manager Laurence Gilman. “The rehab for his shoulder was complicated by the surgery that happened with his wrist and it has impacted his ability to build strength in his shoulder.
“It’s a gradual process and he’s improving every day. We assume he’ll be healthy in due course but when that’s going to be, at this stage that’s not clear.”