Case for Kotkaniemi staying grows stronger in Canadiens win

At the risk of spilling too much ink about Jesperi Kotkaniemi during this exhibition season, we’re writing about him again because the story he’s authoring is impossible to ignore.

The third overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft was arguably the best player on the ice as his Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-1 in Monday’s pre-season game. Through 15:38, he set up the game’s first goal, recorded three shot attempts, had two steals, finished plus-3 and made something happen on nearly every one of his 18 shifts.

We get it, these were not the same Maple Leafs who are betting favourites (according to to win this year’s Stanley Cup. In fact, the roster coach Mike Babcock iced on Monday has a better chance of winning the AHL’s Calder Cup this season. But that doesn’t detract from what Kotkaneimi did on a Canadiens side that had few of its best players dressed.

At this point, the 18-year-old Finn has gone from having to play his way into a regular-season trial with the Canadiens to having to play his way out of one.

Before departing for Toronto, Canadiens coach Claude Julien was asked if he and the members of his team’s brass have a difficult decision to make in terms of what to do with Kotkaniemi.

“Yes, we do,” he said twice. “We look at the possibilities so far, [and] we needed to see how he was going to handle himself. And if people would have seen his first game in Laval (a loss to the Ottawa Senators at the NHL Rookie Showdown two weeks ago) they would have said: ‘This guy has no chance.’ But you look at him today, he’s a different player. I guess we kept an open mind and …read more



‘He became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk’: Brett Kavanaugh’s former roommate sides with accuser who claims he exposed himself at college party

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James Roche, a man who says he was Brett Kavanaugh’s when the two were in college at Yale, said he remembered Kavanaugh “frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk.”
Roche said that he was inclined to believe the sexual misconduct allegations a second accuser, Debbie Ramirez, leveled against Kavanaugh.
Ramirez was another of Kavanaugh’s classmates at Yale. Her alleged encounter with Kavanaugh, during which she said Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party, was published by The New Yorker on Sunday.
Roche described Kavanaugh as a “normally reserved” person, but a “notably heavy drinker, even by the standards at the time, and that he became aggressive and belligerent when he was very drunk.”

A man who says he was Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s college roommate when the two were students at Yale said he remembered Kavanaugh as “frequently drinking excessively and becoming incoherently drunk,” in a statement released on Monday.

James Roche said he was inclined to believe the sexual misconduct allegations made by Debbie Ramirez, a fellow classmate at Yale University, who claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party.

Roche, who lived in a two-bedroom unit with Kavanaugh during their freshman year, described Ramirez as “being exceptionally honest, with a trusting manner,” and said he believed Kavanaugh may have been “capable” of behaving in the alleged manner.

Ramirez claimed that Kavanaugh exposed himself during a dorm party in his freshman year from 1983-84, according to a New Yorker report published on Sunday. Kavanaugh is alleged to have thrust his exposed penis in front of Ramirez’s face as onlookers watched, investigative journalists Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer wrote.

“I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated,” Ramirez said to The New Yorker. “Brett was laughing.”

Roche claims that although he did not witness the alleged incident, he was inclined to agree with Ramirez based …read more

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On Fox News, Kavanaugh Addressed The Allegations Against Him

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In an exclusive interview with Fox News Channel’s “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh again denied the sexual assault and misconduct allegations against him.

“The truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone, in high school or otherwise,” he said.

During high school and “for many years after,” he said he was a virgin.

More than 30 years later, he says he’s not going to let “false accusations” drive him out of the Supreme Court nomination process.

“We’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record,” he said, which includes “promoting dignity and equality for women.”

In less than two weeks, at least two women have publicly accused him of sexual assault and misconduct.

Over the weekend, one of those accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, wrote about her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. In a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, she said Kavanaugh’s actions “while many years ago, were serious and have had a lasting impact on my life.”

She then writes her “original intent was first and foremost to be a helpful citizen — in a confidential way that would minimize collateral damage to all families and friends involved.”

Her “one motivation in coming forward,” she said is “to tell the truth about what Mr. Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge did to me.”

Kavanaugh says he too is ready to testify about Ford’s allegations against him.

On Thursday, they’re both expected to share their side of the story during a hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.

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The Latest: Trump says Democrats trying to destroy Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):

11 p.m.

President Donald Trump says Democrats are “working hard to destroy” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Trump says on Twitter that Kavanaugh is “a wonderful man, and a man who has the potential to be one of our greatest Supreme Court Justices ever.”

Trump says Democrats are attacking Kavanaugh “with an array of False Acquisitions the likes of which have never been seen before!” In a later tweet he corrected “Acquisitions” to “Accusations.”

Two women have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago. He has denied sexually assaulting anyone.

The president tweeted Monday night from New York, where he is preparing to address the U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday.

Trump later urged his supporters on Twitter to “REMEMBER THE MIDTERMS!”


7:40 p.m.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he’s never sexually assaulted anyone.

Kavanaugh told Fox News in an interview broadcast Monday night that he has “always treated women with dignity and respect.”

California professor Christine Blasey Ford has said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party when both were in high school. Another woman, Deborah Ramirez, says he exposed himself to her at a college party. He has denied both accusations.

Kavanaugh says he made the unusual decision to do a television interview before a Senate committee votes on his nomination because he wants to clear his name.

Kavanaugh says he is “looking for a fair process, a process where I can defend my integrity and clear my name. And all I’m asking for is fairness and that I’d be heard.”


7:35 p.m.

A lawyer for a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct says they will name her and release more details in the next two days.

Attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that the woman knew Kavanaugh around the time of high school but attended a …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics


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