The Boots Del Biaggio story, it has legs, all right. The best stab at summaring the latest is that the Nashville Predators "second-largest investor" appears to be facing at least two more lawsuits on top of the one filed last week, plus an investigation by a U.S. Attorney's office.
This is all going to be in newspapers tomorrow side-by-side with stories of the Detroit Red Wings' Stanley Cup triumph. To quote Clancy Wiggum, "You ... you couldn't've picked a worse time."
This is the character whom NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was all too eager to bring into the league. The crazy part is that 10 days ago, May 23, Del Biaggio was probably unknown to 98 per cent of NHL fans. On May 23, he only rated a passing reference in the final paragraph of a London Free Press story about a trading ban being slapped on partners in a firm called Onco Petroleum, Inc. (In Canada, it was more revelatory that former L.A. King Luc Robitaille was getting his pee-pee slapped by the Ontario Security Commission.)
Now he's a smoking gun who helps make the case that Bettman screwed up royally when he pulled out all the stops to keep Jim Balsillie out of the owners' ranks.
Del Biaggio's troubles end up in court (Allan Maki, globesports.com)
'Boots' Del Biaggio hit with another suit (San Jose Mercury News)
Former NHLer among 11 listed on trading ban (London Free Press, May 23)
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