With the league announcing Tuesday that it would no longer allow the NHL Network to stream video games, there’s a new player to consider: a cheetahs print van.
The Flyers’ Mike Richards has been a cheater all year.
Here’s how he got caught: The Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds, the team’s captain, was charged with two misdemeanors for the hit that resulted in the two-goal, three-assist performance.
He will serve his time in Philadelphia before a judge decides on a sentence.
Simmonds will also miss the playoffs, the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final.
Simmond, 25, is expected to be sentenced later this month.
As the NHL considers its future with the network, the Flyers’ owner, Ed Snider, will be a leading candidate for the job, sources told ESPN.
Snider is also the owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have struggled to find a home on the network this season.
The Penguins have struggled with attendance, especially at home, and have yet to secure a home for the Stanley Series.
The network has struggled to make the playoffs this season and has been criticized by fans, particularly at home.
Snider and the Penguins have both said they are working with the league on the issue, though it is unclear if they are close to a solution.
While it is not known whether the NHL would allow Simmonds to continue to use the print van, the NHL has been careful not to take a position that would be detrimental to the Penguins, one source told ESPN on condition of anonymity because the situation is confidential.
In other words, the league is not willing to publicly endorse Simmonds for the position.
The NHL Network is owned by Comcast SportsNet, which has not yet announced any plans to move forward with the cable-TV network.
The league has been under pressure in recent years to do more to attract more subscribers to its games, especially since cable-vision providers like Dish Network are beginning to offer more channels.
The League of America, an umbrella group for NHL owners, has been pushing for a return to the cable model, which was the model for the league’s broadcast rights for decades.