Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille is in danger of losing his L.A. home now that a bank has begun to foreclose on the property, TMZ reported Tuesday.
A lawsuit obtained by TMZ claims Robitaille and his wife stopped paying the $975,000 mortgage on their home in Santa Monica, Calif. The suit alleges Robitaille stopped making monthly payments in December 2010.
According to the suit, Robitaille took a $975,000 loan out on the house in October 2009, but stopped making the monthly payments in December 2010.
Foreclosure documents have been filed.
Robitaille, 45, made a total of more than $34 million in salary during his NHL career from 1989 to 2006.
He had 668 goals and 726 assists in 1,431 career games, mostly with the Los Angeles Kings. He also played with the Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Carcillo officially suspended
Philadelphia Flyers forward Dan Carcillo has been suspended for two games by the NHL for a confrontation with officials during Game 4 against the Boston Bruins in the second round of the playoffs.
Carcillo will miss the first two games of the 2011-12 because of an incident outside of the officials' locker room following the first period and a verbal confrontation with linesman Brian Murphy before the start of the second period.
"Between the first and second period, while off ice and outside the officials' locker room, Mr. Carcillo engaged in aggressive behaviour and inappropriate conduct directed at the officials," NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations Mike Murphy said Tuesday.
"While Mr. Carcillo acknowledged ... he regrets his actions outside of the officials' room, there can be no defence for his conduct."
Carcillo had four goals and two assists in 57 games this season. He had two goals and one assist in 11 playoff games.
Pegula buying Amerks
New Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula is close to buying the Rochester Americans of the AHL.
Multiple sources told WGRZ.com that Pegula, who bought the Sabres earlier this year, is close to completing a deal for the Americans. But the sale could still take months to finalize.
Rochester would become the Sabres' minor-league affiliate, ending a three-year arrangement with the Portland Pirates. Buffalo's deal with Portland runs through the 2013-14 season.
The Americans were Buffalo's primary farm team for 29 years before the NHL club switched to Portland for the 2008-09 season.
Habs sign Emelin
The Montreal Canadiens signed former KHL defenceman Alexsey Emelin to a one-year, two-way contract Tuesday.
Emelin, who actually prefers to have his name spelled Alexei Yemelin, not the way the Habs spelled it in a press release, had 11 goals and 16 assists in 52 games with Kazan Ak Bars of the KHL in 2010-11. The 6-foot-2, 223-pound blueliner from Togliatti, Russia, played three full seasons with the team.
"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Alexsey Emelin," Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said. "Alexsey is a steady, physical defenseman with strong skating ability. The experience he has acquired in the KHL over the past few years will make for a smooth transition to the NHL."
Emelin, 25, was Montreal's third-round draft pick in 2004.
Mo back in Carolina
Paul Maurice will be back behind the Carolina Hurricanes bench next season.
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed Tuesday that Maurice will return as head coach and Ron Francis, who was an associate coach, will go back to the front-office position he held before Maurice was hired.
"I think he has done a very good job of coaching the Hurricanes two out of the last three years," Rutherford said. "The first year he came back, he did a good job when the team was going in the wrong direction. He did not have as good a year the second year. But I think with the team we had and what we were trying to do this past season he did a very good job."
Rutherford also indicated that former Carolina captain Rod Brind'Amour would have a bigger role with the team in 2011-12.
New goalie for Flyers
Finnish netminder Niko Hovinen signed an entry-level contract with the Philadelphia Flyers Tuesday.
The 23-year-old played with Lahti of the Finnish Elite League in 2010-11, going 17-25-5 with a 2.59 goals-against average and .921 save percentage in 49 games.
Hovinen was a fifth-round draft pick of Minnesota in 2006 but never signed.