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05-15-2014, 02:10 PM
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Konopka suspended 20 games

For violating NHL/NHLPA performance-enhancing substance abuse policy.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=719447

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Sabres' Konopka suspended 20 games

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=7...d=nhl:topheads

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NEW YORK – Buffalo Sabres forward Zenon Konopka has been suspended for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

The player's contract expires with the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. The term of the suspension will be served at the beginning of any new contract.

The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.
Statement from Konopka:
http://www.nhlpa.com/news/statement-from-zenon-konopka

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...I want to make it clear that this violation occurred because I ingested a product that can be purchased over-the-counter and which, unknown to me, contained a substance that violated the program. Unfortunately, I did not take the necessary care to ensure that the product did not contain a prohibited substance. I want to stress, however, that I did not take this substance for the purpose of enhancing my athletic performance...

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There goes the big UFA deal.

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I'd bet a lot of money its pseudoephedrine.

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I'd bet a lot of money its pseudoephedrine.
I'm going to go with another banned stimulant that is in an energy drink or something like that.

I don't know if Sudafed is on the NHL's list of banned substances. I know it's on the WADA list, but that the NHL's list is a lot shorter than the WADA list.

That's why Backstrom's Claritin was an issue at the Olympics and not in the NHL.

Or he got popped for a real performance enhancer and he's just putting this out there as damage control knowing that the NHL can't come out and say what he tested positive for.

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Statement from Zenon Konopka on 20-game suspension from NHL http://www.nhlpa.com/news/statement-from-zenon-konopka

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05-15-2014, 02:26 PM
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Not like he was important to the team anyway. Buh bye

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I'd bet a lot of money its pseudoephedrine.
Bath Salts maybe?

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The good news for Konopka is that he will likely be re-signed somewhere. A bottom line faceoff specialist can be useful for teams with little or no center depth (if we didn't already pick up Torrey Mitchell to anchor our 4th line next year he'd likely be back here).

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I'm going to go with another banned stimulant that is in an energy drink or something like that.

I don't know if Sudafed is on the NHL's list of banned substances. I know it's on the WADA list, but that the NHL's list is a lot shorter than the WADA list.

That's why Backstrom's Claritin was an issue at the Olympics and not in the NHL.

Or he got popped for a real performance enhancer and he's just putting this out there as damage control knowing that the NHL can't come out and say what he tested positive for.
A little more clarity that the NHL uses the WADA list, from 2005 but the only thing I could find:

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The joint Committee also will agree on a Prohibited Substances List. The list will include performance-enhancing substances on the list maintained by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for both in-competition and out-of-competition testing. Changes to the items included on the Prohibited List can only be as negotiated by the NHL and NHLPA.
http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26397


Also found this thread:

http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh....php?t=1088373

Here's the WADA list:
http://www.wada-ama.org/Documents/Wo...st-2014-EN.pdf

A good read on Sudafed (pseudoephedrine) in the NHL in 1998. I actually did a high school paper based on this article:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau....htm?eref=sisf


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I could still see us re-signing him. 20 games into the season and we should be down a forward or 3 due to injury, I'd think.

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I could still see us re-signing him. 20 games into the season and we should be down a forward or 3 due to injury, I'd think.
Bury him in Rochester to help the kids on the dot and use as an emergency callup.

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In the Olympics, Backstrom used Zyrtec D, which contains pseudoephedrine.

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Pseudoephedrine legal up to 150 mg. According to IIHF medical chief, Backstrom level in A sample came back at 190.

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Imagine how slow he would have been off the ice after the faceoffs otherwise.

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The good news for Konopka is that he will likely be re-signed somewhere.
I don't know. I was really wondering whether he would be in the NHL next season before all this. As you stated, he can still dominate on faceoffs, but not much else. He couldn't even fight this season (has his finger/hand healed to change this?).

What NHL club would sign a marginal player to take a roster spot/salary space who can't play for the first 20 games?

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Bury him in Rochester to help the kids on the dot and use as an emergency callup.
It might make sense to sign him to an AHL contract, but wouldn't he have to sign an NHL contract before his suspended games served start?

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I sure hope we won't be forced to forfeit wins of the games Konopka played in.

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On one hand, he is a fringe player and there is always the suspicion that someone in that position will do whatever it takes to get that bigger paycheck. And on the other, it's possible he really did something foolish.

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oh noo

pylon that could win a face off or two.

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I bet Hoppy is disappointed.

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I bet Hoppy is disappointed.
Quite the opposite, I heard he's mad....Hopping mad.

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See you later big Z. Looks like it's elsewhere for you.

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I wasn't all that keen on re-signing him Now I'm sure all would agree it'd make no sense unless the term of his suspension is cut at least in half on appeal.

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Or he got popped for a real performance enhancer and he's just putting this out there as damage control knowing that the NHL can't come out and say what he tested positive for.
Winner chicken parm no cheese.

I have to believe that this was more than your mistaken allergy med ingestion, based on the vehemence of his PED denial outright. I PERSONALLY THINK, without proof either way, that the fact that we likely won't ever know what he tested positive for is driving the admission train.

He's not the only NHLer to purchase something over the counter... Yet he gets knocked for twenty games?

And do we know about offense totals? As in, first offense versus second offense versus substance tested positive for, etc.? Any role in the 20 games levied?


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20 games is for first offense

http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=26397

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Positive tests for performance-enhancing substances will result in mandatory discipline as follows:
For the first positive test, a 20-game suspension without pay and mandatory referral to the League's Substance Abuse/Behavioral Health Program for evaluation, education and possible treatment.
For the second positive test, a 60-game suspension without pay.
For the third positive test, a permanent suspension. A player receiving a third positive test and a permanent suspension from play in the League will, however, be eligible to apply for reinstatement after two years.

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NHL sources say Zenon Konopka was suspended for taking DHEA, an over-the-counter supplement recommended to him by non-team doctors.

DHEA: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/d...tural/331.html

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