The company that manages the Trois-Rivières Lions, Deacon Sports Entertainment, has received a formal notice from the City of Trois-Rivières. Big scoop from my colleague Paule Vermot-Desroches. #echl https://t.co/Wp5hXHlKuH
– Matthew Vachon (@MatthewVachon_) May 11, 2023
Fans don’t seem to be the only ones who think this way. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman revealed on his 32 Thoughts podcast that many NHL employees also think the lottery is rigged.
“I was shocked. I can’t tell you how many people around the league think it’s rigged. And these are friends I consider very intelligent!” – Elliotte Friedman
We’re talking about players and executives throughout the NHL. General managers could be among them.
Even if some league employees react this way, Friedman still doesn’t think the lottery is fixed. He was one of the analysts who hosted the lottery and confirmed that he didn’t know the results at all, that he saw the results live, at the same time as everyone else.
I have to admit that I’m on Friedman’s side on this one. This lottery was run by an independent firm. Why risk destroying its reputation? To please Gary Bettman? That would be very surprising.
As Friedman explains, it’s surprising to see, but there probably won’t be an investigation. People are angry right now, but they’ll soon move on. But it’s shocking to see that for once, it’s not just the fans who are crying conspiracy.
I’d be willing to bet that many frustrated employees are part of the Anaheim Ducks organization. They were so close to getting Connor Bedard, but it all went away in the blink of an eye. I’d be very frustrated if I were them.
In a gust
– Things are hopping in Trois-Rivières.
– Another derby between Toronto and Montreal we like.
– Arcadio Marcuzzi (@_marcuzzi) May 11, 2023
– Darnell Nurse is suspended one game.
Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse has been automatically suspended for one game and Coach Jay Woodcroft has been fined $10,000 under rule 46.21, Instigating in Final Five Minutes of Regulation.
– NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 11, 2023
– I’m convinced he’ll do a good job.
A dream achieved for Daniel Briere. pic.twitter.com/5WE2SyCuhR
– Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) May 11, 2023
– Now that’s funny!
OMG – Prince Albert just took a goalie named Steele Bass with the No. 49 pick.
– Sunaya Sapurji (@sunayas) May 11, 2023