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from Greg Logan of Newsday,
One year ago at this time, the Islanders made the stunning .announcement of their decision to buy out the final four years of controversial captain Alexei Yashin’s 10-year contract. Now, Yashin’s return on a one-year contract next season is under .discussion, but general manager Garth Snow and owner Charles Wang so far have balked at their former star’s asking price.
Agent Marc Gandler, who represents Yashin, said he last spoke with Snow on Thursday when there was no progress .toward an agreement.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history.”
Once upon a time, John Spano owned the New York Islanders.
Until the cheque bounced….
Eleven years after Spano was exposed as a fraud, the folks in the NHL front office are maintaining a low profile as they deal with another business deal that has gone terribly wrong.
William (Boots) Del Biaggio III was one of the investors who helped keep the Nashville Predators in Music City and out of the predatory hands of Jim Balsillie. When the local investors came up short in their bid to buy the team from Craig Leipold, Del Biaggio came to their rescue and paid $60 million for a 27-per-cent stake in the team.
It seemed like a strange marriage.
from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,
Most people in hockey will tell you Hartsburg and DeBoer are both excellent choices to be NHL coaches. But the paths they’ve followed this spring read like some warped coaching version of The Tortoise and The Hare.
Bryan Murray interviewed Hartsburg very early in the process, and then Hartsburg went home and waited, with little apparent interest from other clubs.
DeBoer, meanwhile, has been the coaching version of Steven Stamkos the past few weeks: a junior star with a glowing résumé that had a bunch of teams pursuing him. He has been a candidate for almost every NHL job opening so far.
from Bob Stouffer of the Edmonton Sun,
Daryl Katz will officially become the new owner of the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday.
If Katz is looking for an owner and an organization after which to model the Oilers, he should look no further than Mike Ilitch and the Detroit Red Wings.
With their fourth Stanley Cup victory in the last 11 seasons to complement seven straight seasons with 48+ wins, it goes without saying that the Red Wings are far and away the best organization in the NHL.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
“If you are going to do something, now is the time,” Fletcher said yesterday from Arizona. “A lot of trade discussions have already taken place.”
A month from now, the likes of Darcy Tucker, Bryan McCabe and even Mats Sundin—the team’s veteran core dating back to the Pat Quinn era—all could be wearing different NHL jerseys. There are rumblings that McCabe would be willing to waive his no-trade clause in order to go to the New York Islanders on Long Island, the site of his off-season home.
“Hopefully, our team is going to look substantially different,” Fletcher said. “If we can bring in at least five or six players, new faces, that would be good.”
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The Penguins have made signing right wing Marian Hossa to a long-term contract their No. 1 priority, according to several players, agents and team officials who spoke to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on the condition of anonymity.
All other offseason moves will be determined by the Penguins’ success or failure in this pursuit of Hossa, who scored 12 goals and recorded 26 points in 20 Stanley Cup playoff games skating alongside star center Sidney Crosby.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail (Sat. edition),
The five players on the NHL competition committee are in agreement that there is room to further reduce the size of goaltending equipment and also suggested a couple of intriguing faceoff regulations that could be adopted.
The competition committee assembled at the NHL offices in Toronto for about six hours yesterday in an attempt to hash out several issues that will continue to be debated in the summer….
One of the faceoff rules that could change is when an offensive player rings a shot off the opposition’s crossbar and the puck flies out of play. Currently, when this action transpires in a game, the ensuing faceoff comes outside the blueline. But there is a movement to have the faceoff stay in the opposition’s zone, so the team that shoots the puck is not penalized for a bad bounce.
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
Wild general manager Doug Risebrough said today that he will make restricted free agent Pierre-Marc Bouchard a multiyear offer after July 1 and that either Brian Rolston or Pavol Demitra could be signed for next season, but not both.
Speaking at the team’s entry draft luncheon, Risebrough said the team expects to make Rolston, an unrestricted free agent, another offer this afternoon.
“We’ll see how that goes,” the GM said.
Boxing’s most exciting champion, Manny Pacquiao, will be at an open workout at ‘Little Philippines’ Lake Street Park, 227 North Lake Street, Los Angeles, on Saturday at noontime. Manny will shake out, then do interviews about his upcoming battle with lightweight champ David Diaz.
On fight night, NHL Chicago Blackhawks head coach Dennis [Savard] will give final instructions to David Diaz in the locker room, then walk him to the ring to battle with Pacquiao on June 28 at Mandalay Bay. [Savard] is in the NHL Hall of Fame and is a huge Diaz fan….
From the Pittsburgh Penguins:
The Pittsburgh Penguins have elected to file for salary arbitration with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Arbitration hearings are set by the National Hockey League and take place from July 20 to August 4. Both sides can continue to negotiate a contract until that time. As a result of the filing, the Penguins retain his rights and he will not become a restricted free agent on July 1.
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