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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Some NHL players, including those who are now running the NHL Players’ Association, are supportive of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s plans to put a team in Hamilton and unhappy with the league’s apparent unwillingness to back Balsillie’s bid.
The divide is shaping up as the latest indication that paint is peeling on the so-called partnership struck between the players and the league, codified in the collective agreement that ended the 2004-05 lockout.
from Spector at his Fox Sports,
This is the time of year when wild trade rumors abound, as some hockey-starved fans seize on the latest Internet gossip they’d ordinarily dismiss during the regular season.
One doozy making the rounds since late June has the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils planning a blockbuster deal that would ship center Brendan Morrison, defenseman Mattias Ohlund and prospect goalie Cory Schneider to the Devils for winger Patrik Elias.
continued and watch Spector put out some “trade” fires started by folks who think they are fooling people…
from the Minnesota Wild,
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed left wing Derek Boogaard to a multi-year contract.
“Derek’s development is a testament to his dedication, discipline and the emphasis he places on team above individual,” said Risebrough. “Through his style of play and his personality he has made himself a valued player and person in the organization.”
added 7:22pm, via the Star Tribune,
The Wild signed left wing Derek Boogaard to a three-year, $2.63 million contract Wednesday, avoiding an arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Monday.
from Ryan Rishaug at TSN,
There very well could be a change of ownership on the horizon for the Edmonton Oilers. Sources tell TSN that local billionaire Daryl Katz has submitted an offer to buy the franchise outright from the Edmonton Investors Group.
The exact dollar value of the offer is unknown, but this isn’t the first time Katz has taken a run at getting in. Earlier this year on 2 occasions he approached the board of directors with preliminary offers to buy shares in the team and both times he was steered aside. But apparently this time, Katz has bypassed the board of directors and gone straight to the shareholders with the offer to buy the whole thing.
added 6:41pm, from Dan Barnes at the Edmonton Journal,
It’s a month old and Oiler owners still consider it an informal bid, but
Edmonton billionaire Daryl Katz’s offer to purchase the team now stands at $150 million Cdn, an increase of $5 million on his original gambit.
The Edmonton Investors Group, which owns the National Hockey League franchise, have discussed Katz’s proposal but will not respond to it until they believe it constitutes a formal offer to purchase.
Geez, I leave the computer for an hour and have about 30 emails asking me about this from Dwayne…
According to a source, the Preds have entered into a letter of intent with a local group in Nashville to have the negotiation rights to buy the Preds…
Not true folks, could be down the road but not true at this time… One more things folks, you won’t find that written on his blog, because he deleted it. No, I can’t believe that…ha!
added 5:26pm, from the Tennessean,
The result of today’s meeting is that Nashville has the opportunity to move very quickly to retain the Predators and to do so under local ownership,” said David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital LLC and one of the coalition leaders.
“While we have not yet signed a purchase agreement, our discussions were very encouraging for Nashville if we can move quickly and decisively to ensure the club’s long-term financial stability.”
The Nashville Predators avoided salary arbitration with Vern Fiddler on Wednesday, signing the forward to a US$1.7-million, two-year contract.
The Inquiring Minds at Kukla’s Korner ask: Is it Bill Ranford?
That was Paul’s best guess based on these clues, and I’d have to agree.
Thieves in New Westminster made away with a bounty of valuable and distinct watches that belong to a retired NHL player.
Police say the player wishes to remain anonymous but is urging local pawn shops to look out for the sentimental items. These include a silver TAG watch with the inscription “Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler,” and a gold face watch with the Stanley Cup and Edmonton Oiler’s logo.
They also made away with a Chicago All-Stars watch, a pair of world Championship watches - one from 1993 and one from 1994-two NHL Players Association watches and a Canada Cup time piece.
The player’s name is not inscribed on any of the watches.
Whoever it is, it’s a terrible loss of some very treasured momentos.
added 7:26pm, from the Edmonton Journal,
Former Oilers goalie Bill Ranford was at a neighbourhood watch party when someone broke into his home and stole his collection of hockey watches.
Ranford, who lives in the posh Queen’s Park area of New Westminster, B.C., discovered the theft after the July 2 party.
For those of you who don't travel beyond the hockey section of Kukla's Korner, I suggest you make a quick trip to Canucks and Beyond. Darcy Tucker appears on the CBC hit, "Little Mosque on the Prairie".
from the CP via TSN,
Eric Lindros is so concentrated on his work with the NHL Players’ Association these days that his actual NHL playing career has been put on hold.
As in, will he play again next season?
“Right now my focus is the ‘PA work,” Lindros told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. “I’m not really concerned about the rest of it. But the last couple of years have been pretty frustrating in terms of not getting through without being injury-free. .. It’s just frustrating.”
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
• Ryan Smyth will score 40-50 goals for the Avalanche IF he plays on a line with Paul Stastny, not Joe Sakic.
• Patrick Roy will be a coach in the NHL within two years.
• Dominik Hasek will spend part of much of the season on the injured list with Detroit.
• Sheldon Souray will be the biggest free-agent bust, for Edmonton.
• Milan Hejduk will NOT be traded anywhere.
much more, some Foppa talk too…
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