Something HUGE Brewing in Montreal…
I can’t provide anything more than rumours and speculation at this point, but there appears to be a story of considerable magnitude brewing tonight concerning several Montreal Canadiens players. Earlier tonight, RDS, the main television station for the Habs reported that there would be a “huge bomb” dropped on the city of Montreal tomorrow.
Update: Sportsnet will have the entire breaking story starting at midnight.
RDS analyst and former Montreal Head Coach Jacques Demers appeared heartbroken as he advised viewers of the seriousness of the situation.
As I type, pretty much every single media outlet in Montreal is scrambling to break the story and gain some details but everyone remains extremely tight-lipped. Apparently, the story will be published in tomorrow morning’s edition of “La Presse”.
- There may be 4 players involved
- There are police waiting to make formal arrests as soon as the team charter lands at the airport
- Former Head Coach Jean Perron is hinting that it may involve several of the Habs younger players perhaps crossing the line when it comes to “enjoying Montreal’s celebrated nightlife”.
- Gary Bettman is on his way to Montreal
- The Habs front office people have been in meetings since 8pm tonight
More as the story breaks.
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From Eric Engels over at Hockeybuzz: “We are still awaiting La Presse’s official version of a story that links Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn to a criminal who was arrested on several charges in Montreal, last week. Roman Hamrlik has also been implicated in the report as having looser ties to this alleged mobster- Pasquale Mangiola. Nothing has surfaced detailing their affiliation. The police have several recordings, including conversations between the Kostitsyns and Mangiola on different occasions. Andrei Kostitsyn admitted to knowing Mangiola but said he didn’t know anything about him, when questioned after the game.”
Probably nothing at the source of this, but…. what team needs this as a distraction? even if its just nothing more than chumming around with scuzzy friends, this crap is not going to stand with a team sinking out of the play-off picture, and a press corps that jumps on every nuance. I’d expect Gainey to set the brothers straight on this one?
haha I totally agree Ron! The Montreal media is the worst. Sure it’s not a good situation, and players and drugs is nothing new. Yes this is a bit different, but the media is making it like there’s an asteroid on a collision course with earth.
What a bunch of crap, another case of the Montreal media OVERREACTING! The situation is bad, but no reason for Demers to break down and nearly cry. I hope everything works out for the Kostitsyn’s. Not to mention the fans, who do NOT deserve this type of negative attention.
Maybe ‘Tits ordered a hit (and not of the hip-check variety) on Grabovski. Either way, happy centenniel Habs fans!!
You sure Demers wasn’t heartbroken than his team is going up in flames? The tits need to stop flopping around, so to speak.
No criminal charges laid against Habs players. Unless there’s more to this story, this is looking pretty overblown…
What the hell? The tits brothers causing trouble again? Wow.. i feel sorry for the Montreal Canadiens, with Kovalev sitting out, Tits involved in this gang thing and Hamrlik too, the team is starting to dissipate into thin air…..
From CKAC: “According to La Presse, Roman Hamrlik and brothers Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn are among other things related to a network of drug trafficking.”
The link above, for those of us who don’t speak French: Although rumours have held the line open on sports programs, Thursday evening, there will be no charges against Sergei Kostitsyn, whose name emerged during an investigation into street gangs. According to information obtained from the police Thursday evening, the Canadian player had discussions with members of a gang arrested on February 12th. More than 55 men and women associated with the Crips gang or who had links with the Hells Angels were arrested. The discussions that Kostitsyn had with a member of the gang included “drink” and “girls.” Nothing criminal according to our source. There was also no charge filed against the player, who was demoted to the Hamilton Bulldogs a few days ago. Kostitsyn was often drunk during these discussions. He spoke of some of his teammates during these conversations. According to information obtained Thursday, it would not be surprising to learn that other teammates have spoken to members of street gangs.
Stories of Sergei Kostitsyn getting involved with some of the wrong people (hookers and gangs). http://lejournaldequebec.canoe.ca/journaldequebec/sports/hockey/archives/2009/02/20090219-235652.html Don’t think this is the main story though.
CKAC french radio will have the story at 2 a.m. eastern, according to the Habs board at Hockeysfuture. And if you’ve never seen a mesage board explode before… http://hfboards.com/forumdisplay.php?f=16
If you read this article until the part where it says ‘police were involved’, you might think this was the Lecavalier trade unfolding or something.
HAHA!!, I’m a moron, i thought you were talking about a huge ‘trade’ bomb. This sounds way more intense
Newest unconfirmed rumours: - Gary Bettman is on his way to Montreal - The Habs front office people have been in meetings since 8pm tonight
Another possible story that may be tied in with this: Kovalev gets sent home a few days ago with Gainey refusing to comment much on it at all. Now the story is about to break within a few hours, and Kovalev has been called back to the team for Friday.
There are several possibilities that come to mind: drugs? sex? If it is indeed drugs, then the timing of this other story might explain what’s happening: There was a huge drug bust in Montreal only a few days ago… http://www.cbc.ca/canada/…treal-police.html?ref=rss Maybe some of the guys caught spilt the beans involving some Habs players?
formal arrests? That sounds bigger than public drunkenness or hitting the bong like I was expecting this to be.