That the Winterhawks would get caught cheating isn't surprising (they are ridiculously talented, and sometimes that is about more than just being a great organization) but at the same time they have a long lineage of putting players in the NHL (Mark Messier, Cam Neely, Marian Hossa, Brendan Morrow, Adam Deadmarsh, etc...) so it wouldn't be out of the blue for high quality talent to show up in Portland. As a transplanted Wolverine up here in PDX it would be a shame if the Winterhawks had been dubious in their recruiting tactics. But honestly, the $250,000 fine wouldn't really hurt the Winterhawks, and, as the article states, they trade most of their draft picks away anyways, so losing a few wouldn't really hurt them. The cupboards are already stacked for the next 2-3 years.
At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”