New York bookie Joseph Ruff pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to an extortion conspiracy that included extorting a $230,000 payment from Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek, Ruff's lawyer Matt Parrinello confirmed with ESPN.com.
Craig Custance writes that Seattle has emerged as the leading candidate for NHL relocation (or expansion). He also takes his weekly dive into the mailbag, answering questions on the Islanders' future and the ideal destination for Rick Nash.
The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that top defenseman Chris Pronger is out for the season. After chatting with Paul Holmgren about the topic, Craig Custance presents four possible options the Flyers could pursue to fill the void.