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The Edmonton Oilers Will Celebrate Their 1984 Stanley Cup Championship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

(Edmonton, AB) August 19, 2014 - The stars have aligned to reunite the entire roster of the 1984 Stanley Cup Champion Edmonton Oilers, one of the greatest teams in the history of the game, on October 10 in Edmonton. During a live video conference today, Oilers legend Wayne Gretzky joined Oilers Entertainment Group Vice-Chairman Kevin Lowe to announce that the team will host a special celebration to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the historic 1984 Stanley Cup victory.

Oilers fans will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the entire 1984 Championship team and staff, including Oilers legends Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Glen Sather, as they reunite in Edmonton on October 10 to participate in the 1984 Stanley Cup Reunion event, an evening of storytelling and memory sharing at Rexall Place, in support of the Stollery Children's Hospital. 

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Toronto Maple Leafs Name Brandon Pridham Assistant To The GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced the appointment of Brandon Pridham today as the assistant to the general manager, David Nonis. In his new role, Pridham will assist with salary cap analysis, contract negotiations and collective bargaining agreement interpretation for the team.

Pridham joins the club from the National Hockey League where he most recently served as Senior Director, Central Registry and Senior Advisor, Central Scouting.

“For fifteen years, Brandon has played an integral role in the central scouting and central registry departments for the NHL,” said David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs. “His intimate knowledge of the complexities of the salary cap system and strong relationships around the league will serve our team well.”

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New York Islanders Announce Group Has Purchased A Minority Interest In The Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

UNIONDALE, NY (August 19, 2014) – The New York Islanders announced today that a group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London based investor Scott Malkin has reached a definitive agreement, subject to NHL approval, to purchase a substantial minority interest in the team. Under the terms of the agreement, Charles Wang will continue as majority shareholder and Governor of the Islanders, with the Ledecky/Malkin group transitioning to majority owner in two years.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL,” Mr. Ledecky said.

“I’m thrilled that Jon and Scott have agreed to join me as we start the Islanders’ final year at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” Mr. Wang said. “I look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

There will be no further comment until the NHL completes its franchise ownership transfer process.

 

added 1:49pm, from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Charles Wang has agreed to sell a minority stake in the Islanders to Jonathan Ledecky, a former co-owner of the Capitals, and investor Scott Malkin, according to a high-ranking NHL source. Ledecky and Malkin will assume majority control of the team in two years.

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Hold your horses regarding the Bertuzzi-Moore settlement reports

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Big update: Via Paul and the CBC's Michael Drapack:

Less than three weeks from the start of what could have been a lengthy civil trial and after eight years of litigation, former Colorado Avalanche centre Steve Moore has reached a settlement with Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks.

Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the case has been "settled in its totality" but said the terms are confidential.

"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.​"

Moore had been seeking $68 million in damages, and the civil lawsuit was scheduled to begin on Sept. 8, which originally was filed in 2006.

"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email.​

Every time I've posted an entry about it, TMR readers have said that it's "not news" they're interested in, but Paul noted that there's a report that Todd Bertuzzi's lawyers and Steve Moore's lawyers have reached an out-of-court settlement, CBS Sports, Pro Hockey Talk, the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, MLive, Michigan Hockey, WDIV, the Denver Post, the Toronto Sun and Toronto Star are all running with it, but TSN's Rick Westhead's Tweeting news that suggests one should not count chickens before they hatch (as is Sportsnet):

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Report- Charles Wang Reaches Agreement To Sell The New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Report- MLSE President/CEO Tim Leiweke Moving On Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

Hearing MLSE president/CEO Tim Leiweke will be leaving the company soon.

Not sure of where he's going, but hearing the reason is he is looking for a new challenge.

added 1:01pm,

 

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

"I think they’re one of the strongest built teams in the league. With them, they have amazing star power surrounded with good quality core players. The addition of Brad Richards coming over there as a role player who can help on the power play and be a good leader, brings another experienced guy into a locker room of winners."

"I think team has done a very good job of putting together the pieces and with Kane and Toews signing these mega-deals they’ll be playing with so much confidence. There’s no competition between the two. They are both top five players getting paid like it and it shows the loyalty that the Blackhawks have become known for and [for] building championships." 

-Jeremy Roenick on the Chicago Blackhawks.  More from Katie Strang of ESPN.

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Report- Settlement Reached In Moore/Bertuzzi Case

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CBC,

Less than three weeks from the start of a lengthy civil trial and after eight years of litigation, former Colorado Avalanche Steve Moore has reached a settlement with Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks, according to media reports.

Details of the settlement are not available, but Moore's lawyer, Tim Danson, confirmed an offer has been made and agreed to.

Moore’s had been seeking $68 million in damages, and the civil lawsuit was scheduled to begin on Sept. 8.

 

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Ryan Malone Pleads No Contest To DUI Charges

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

Former Tampa Bay Lightning wing Ryan Malone pled no contest to a DUI charge in court Tuesday morning.

He will enter a pretrial intervention program related to a drug charge.

With the pretrial intervention program, Malone's charge of cocaine possession will be dismissed if he completes the requirements.

Malone, 34, was pulled over April 11 after he struck a curb on W Platt Street in Tampa. Police found a plastic bag with 1.3 grams of cocaine in his pocket, but Malone told them he didn't know where it came from, according to court documents.

Malone's contract was bought out by the Lightning in June, making him an unrestricted free agent.

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Brian Gionta Excited About Playing In Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Time Warner Cable News Buffalo,

Brian Gionta was back on home turf Monday night, signing autographs at Frontier Field one month after signing a three-year contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

After more than 17 years away from home, the Greece native is glad to be back playing hockey in his neck of the woods.

"We’re excited about it,” Gionta said. “It’s something we’ve been trying to do for quite some time. We love the area. We spend time here during the summers. My wife and I are both from here so to be back closer to home, closer to family and friends, it’s special to us.”

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