The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - August 15th, 2013

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Luongo's wheels got stolen.  Literally, just the wheels.

Tires seem to play an unusually large role in the public life of Roberto Luongo.

During the 2011 Stanley Cup final, the Vancouver Canucks goalie famously said of Boston Bruins counterpart Tim Thomas that “I’ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started” in an exchange that has become a bit of a running joke among hockey fans.

On Tuesday afternoon, Luongo tweeted from his @strombone1 account that the wheels had been stolen from his SUV, apparently parked at his home in Florida. He provided his more than 173,000 Twitter followers with visual evidence of his misfortune.

A Montreal Canadien got into a spot of trouble with the law.

Montreal Canadiens prospect Nathan Beaulieu and his father, former Sarnia Sting coach Jacques Beaulieu, have pleaded guilty to assault and were granted conditional discharges.

They were charged with assault in April after an altercation at a house party that left two people with minor injuries. Lawyer Patrick Ducharme said the ruling will allow the men to continue their hockey careers.

“That means that there is no conviction registered,” Ducharme said. “The court accepts their taking responsibility for it, but instead of convicting the accused they gave each of them a discharge."

A new prospective owner has stepped up with interest in the Devils.

A person familiar with the negotiations says Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris will add the NHL's New Jersey Devils and the lease to their arena to his portfolio Thursday.

Attorneys for both sides were putting the final touches on the deal Wednesday that would allow Jeff Vanderbeek to sell his majority ownership to Harris, said the person, who asked not to be identified because neither party had announced the deal.

The Devils announced early Wednesday evening that they planned to hold a major news conference Thursday at 11 a.m. ET.

Under NHL rules, the sale of the team could not be announced unless it had been approved by the league's board of governors.

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