There was an article posted this morning on a Tampa Bay website, reporting that a steroid dealer in Florida had been busted and claimed that he was dealing steroids to members of the Washington Capitals and other professional athletes. As of now it is unconfirmed, likely just a desperate attempt by the suspect to obtain a plea bargain with prosecutors. The dealer along with his wife were caught in possession of $200k worth of anabolic steroids, so they are definitely looking at some serious time in jail if convicted.
The Capitals Insider is now reporting on the story and is probably the best source for any updates on the matter throughout the day. I would expect a statement by the Washington Capitals about this sometime today (basically a boilerplate PR move to say they will investigate the claims but that they are not true.")
If it is true, who do you think are the most likely users?
My guess...Alexander Semin - remember that fight with Marc Staal from earlier this season? The one where Semin started playing the drums on Staal's back once they were on the ice. There is now an explanation for that - roid rage ;)
In my opinion, this is just a desperate attempt by the dealer to get a plea bargain and he's willing to say or do whatever is possible to have something working in his favor.
Update (from Kukla's Korner):
“The Washington Capitals have no knowledge of any aspect of this allegation. Capitals players were subjected to no-notice testing three times in each of the past two seasons pursuant to the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and there was no indication of any improper conduct or wrongdoing.
“Even though there are no specifics provided in the story and we have no reason, at this point, to believe the allegations are true, the National Hockey League takes all matters of this nature very seriously and will conduct a prompt investigation.”
-- Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner
“We have no reason to believe there is any merit to this story, but the National Hockey League and the Washington Capitals take all such allegations seriously. Capitals players have fully participated in the NHL’s random drug testing program, and at no point has a Capitals player tested positive. In addition our players have been tested at international events, such as World Championships and Olympics. We welcome and will fully cooperate with the NHL’s investigation.”
-- Dick Patrick, Washington Capitals president