The NHL has announced that the 2008 Stanley Cup Champions, the Detroit Red Wings, may be stripped of their prize and the Cup will be awarded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Although the Leafs did not even make the playoffs, they have formed a Coalition with the Montreal Canadians and Ottawa Senators and together now have enough support to claim Hockey's ultimate prize. In a prepared statement Leafs general manager Brian Burke stated that the Red Wings no longer enjoyed the confidence of the league, and the newly formed Cup Coalition had agreed to assume power.
Red Wings GM Ken Holland has asked commissioner Gary Betman to prorogue the league to allow them time to prepare a new starting line up. NHL comissioner Gary Betman cut short a trip to Europe to return attend to the brewing crisis he will meet with Holland on Saturday to decide the fate of the Wings.