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from the National Post via Canada.com,
Owner Craig Leipold has signed a letter of intent to sell the Predators to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, a deal with a closing date of June 30.
The National Hockey League’s free-agent window opens the very next day.
Nashville has seven players set to become unrestricted free agents, including captain Kimmo Timonen and forwards Paul Kariya and Peter Forsberg.
The NHL’s board of governors still has to approve the sale, leaving players and agents in need of answers from the team and general manager David Poile.
“I don’t think the league wants David Poile to hit July 1 not knowing who his owner is and not knowing what direction it’s going to go in,” Timonen’s agent, Bill Zito, said Tuesday. “We have a 100-point team, and now, all of the sudden, it’s going to disintegrate because of the timing of legalities? That doesn’t make any sense.”
NBCSports.com today announced that sports fans can engage in an interactive television experience filled with predictive questions, polls, trivia, games and more during the 2007 NHL Stanley Cup Final on NBC.
Hockey fans will be able to interact with the Stanley Cup broadcast like never before with NBCSports.com Screen Shot. NBCSports.com Screen Shot is an online “two-screen experience” that allows viewers at home to play along in real-time with NBC’s live Stanley Cup broadcasts.
from the Toronto Sun,
Mats Sundin is on the verge of remaining a Maple Leaf through the 2008-09 season.
Just one month before the long-time captain is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent, the two sides are close to agreeing on a two-year deal worth about $11 million US.
As of tomorrow, the Leafs have a two-week window to pick up a team option on Sundin’s existing deal. While the option would pay Sundin $4.56 million, it would still cost the Leafs about $6.33 million in cap space.
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
The Ottawa Senators top line of Jason Spezza, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson is failing to attack the offensive zone with any amount of speed. Their transition game is also not working and there is still the issue of giveaways. Alfredsson gave the puck away six times in Game 2, while Spezza gave it away four times.
from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
“It’s a change from the first three rounds,” said Jason Spezza of the Senators. “The officials are letting a lot of things go, and there isn’t much room and there’s bad ice besides.”
“To get outshot like this has been a little bit discouraging,” Corvo said, referring to the Ducks’ 31-16 edge for Game 2 and 63-51 overall.
“We’ve had a few guys trying to be creative offensively and it burned us,” Ottawa coach Bryan Murray said. “And we’re turning it over and creating offense for them, and I’m not sure why.”
But wait until the Senators turn their clocks ahead to EDT. Or back to the Buffalo series.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The Nashville Predators may be headed for Hamilton, at least temporarily.
Waterloo billionaire Jim Balsillie, who has a letter of agreement to buy the Predators that closes June 30, last night re-activated an exclusive lease arrangement with Hamilton city council in which he could use the facility temporarily or permanently as home to an NHL team.
From Dave Stubbs at The Gazette,
The Canadiens have made a contract offer to Sheldon Souray, and the all-star defenceman will take a little time to digest it, and consider what might await him on July 1, should he decide to test the waters of unrestricted free agency.
Paul Theofanous, Souray’s New York-based agent, said last night that Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey made the offer on Tuesday, 24 hours after the club had signed 28-year-old defenceman Andrei Markov to a four-year, $23-million (U.S.) contract, making the Russian the best-paid Canadien of all time.
From Press Telegram,
Jean-Sebastien Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP, in 2003, but the honor felt a little hollow because New Jersey, not the Ducks, lifted the Stanley Cup.
Now, Giguere seems on the verge of celebrating with both pieces of hockey hardware.
In a tense, tight-checking game, Giguere made 16 saves Wednesday for his first shutout of these playoffs as the Ducks earned a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
From Rob Brodie at the Ottawa Sun,
Scotiabank Place is bracing itself for the biggest crush of television personnel the building has likely ever seen.
“It’s crazy out here,” Jim Steel, the Senators’ VP of broadcasting, said yesterday during a break from preparations for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night.
It’s the first Cup final game in Ottawa in 80 years, and the Sens’ home rink will house TV signals that beam the games, via NHL International, to more than 160 countries around the world.
From Ira Podell at the AP,
Mark Messier hasn’t talked to the New York Rangers about their sudden front office vacancy, but he would listen if they called.
The Rangers need to replace assistant general manager Don Maloney, who left the organization Tuesday to become the GM of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Messier has expressed interest about possibly replacing New York general manager Glen Sather once the architect of the Edmonton Oilers’ dynasty of the 1980s and ‘90s decides to give up his current post.
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