Portland Winterhawks investigation
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11-29-2012, 10:58 AM
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Everett, everyone else and there mother knew Jones wouldn't come to the WHL to play on a bad team. Portland took a chance knowing that they probably had one of the better chances in the league to get him. It happens all the time, just in different ways. Domi going to the Knights. Nathan MacKinnon even.
Portland released the apparent infractions.
Flights for players families that had financial need, paying for training programs for a few players, a cell phone for the Captain for three seasons.
I'm not sure I take it at face value, especially considering the severeness of the penalty. The CHL is definitely trying to make an example of them, but I can't imagine it's only for the reasons above.
Portland has had some pretty good scouting, that shouldn't be taken away from them. But some incidents that could be ones that were under investigation. Oliver Bjorkstrand is one.
The weird thing with Jones is that TSN announced that he was going to play for Portland before he was even traded. Portland may have gotten Everett's permission to talk to him, but portland definitely didn't "take a chance"
Furthermore, this investigation only went up to last season i'm told. Thus a Jones investigation was never on the agenda to begin with.
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