Donaghy-like mess unlikely in NHL, but league needs to keep eyes open

Updated: July 26, 2007, 9:07 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

As the NBA wrestles with what commissioner David Stern calls the worst crisis of his tenure, the Tim Donaghy mess in the summer of sports scandal, it's not gross misconduct to wonder: Can it happen in the NHL, too?

Of course it can … in theory.

Instead of gloating about the NBA's mess, and perhaps becoming overconfident because hockey is far less vulnerable to "fixing" or "shaving" issues than other sports, the NHL should react with heightened vigilance.

Among other things, ...

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