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from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
And now that a group that wanted to build an arena in Las Vegas that could house an NBA team has backed off, it is an opportunity for the NHL to become the first major sports league to put a team there. That, too, is tempting.
But would it work? And more importantly, what will owners be left with after they deposit their share of the expansion fees into the bank accounts? I’ll tell you what: a further watered-down product and two more teams on shaky ground from the moment of inception.
They can get in line behind Phoenix, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Florida and Atlanta. Even Tampa Bay, which generated a lot of buzz with new ownership and an aggressive rebuilding program this summer, isn’t out of the woods in terms of being able to generate a profit.
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When we come back online, you will see the 3rd edition of Kukla’s Korner. Stay tuned, we are very close.
Note: This post was originally put on KK yesterday afternoon. Just bumping it up now as a reminder that we’ll be offline briefly, later today.
TORONTO – Toronto’s Hockey Station THE FAN 590 welcomed NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly to Hockey Central at Noon with Darren Millard and Nick Kypreos on Wednesday.
When asked about the current legal process involving former Nashville Predator Alexander Radulov and the KHL league in Russia Daly broke the news that “They have suggested they are amenable to the arbitration in the Radulov matter in connection with the arbitration on a couple of other players.”
According to Darren Dreger on Leafs Lunch, no team put a claim in for Schneider.
from NHL PR,
Following yesterday’s NHL’s September Board of Governors meeting yesterday in Toronto, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with the media to answer questions. Among the topics discussed: the Alexander Radulov situation; the absence of an NHL-IIHF player transfer agreement; the North American economy and its possible impact on the NHL, and the possibility of expansion.
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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Lamoriello also cleared up some things concerning defenseman Vitali Vishnevski, who is playing in Russia, but remains Devils’ property. The Devils retain Vishnevski’s NHL rights and his average salary ($1.8 million) will continue to count against the team’s cap until the regular season begins, though the team is not paying him. When teams trim their rosters before the regular season opens—and players begin being paid their salaries—then Vishnevski will come off the team’s cap.
more plus some other Devils talk, including Lamoriello not interested in claiming Schneider…
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Europe, however, proved to be a completely different proposition. He became interested the minute he heard from Jokerit, soon after Doug Shedden left the Finnish club to take a coaching job in Switzerland.
“I thought Europe would be a real good option,” Hanlon told NHL.com.
But he wasn’t sure his family would agree. Hanlon was at a stage in life where their input was as important, if not more so, than his professional ambition.
“There was a discussion and a lot of it was family driven,” Hanlon said. “We felt a 56-game season and busing to most road games was a good situation. At this stage, we want to be together as a family. So we were ready to give this a try.”
“He is a Canadian broadcast legend. I used to tell Bob that if the players took the game as seriously as he did, the games would be much better.
“He taught me to take the job seriously. My duties were to try and get him to laugh by the time the night was over.”
-Harry Neale on Bob Cole. More from Neale at the Toronto Sun.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
...despite the apparent fascination, expansion was not a topic on the agenda at the NHL board of governors meeting in Toronto yesterday.
“We like our 30 teams now and we don’t feel this an appropriate time to do it,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “What the future may hold, I’m not prepared to predict, but it’s not on the agenda.”
When an appropriate time for expansion arrives, Bettman was asked, would the NHL first investigate Europe or North America.
“I know there has been a lot of speculation about going to Europe,” he said. “The fact is anything is possible. We don’t have plans yet or maybe never to put franchises on the continent. We think endeavours in Europe are important because 30 per cent of our players come from Europe, but our first priority is here in North America.”
more from the BOG meeting yesterday
2008-2009 CRITICAL DATES CALENDAR
(subject to change)
12 Opening Day of Rookie camp
16 Opening Day of NHL training camp for NYR, OTT, PIT, TB
19 Opening Day of NHL training camp
20 Pre-season schedule begins
23 Kraft Hockeyville Game, Roberval, QC (Buffalo Sabres vs. Montreal Canadiens)
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