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from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,
Doug Bergeron, a California-based Canadian investor and entrepreneur and president of DGB Investments, was among those to whom Del Biaggio tried to market a share of the Predators.
Bergeron said Del Biaggio told him in December that National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman’s office had given special permission for Del Biaggio to buy a share of the team without being subjected to all the scrutiny the league usually gives to prospective owners. Del Biaggio told him the commissioner’s office did not require him to show audited financial statements before it approved him.
“Boots bragged to me that he was able to convince Bettman’s office to overlook the need for his audited financial statements because it was too much work,” Bergeron said.
via press release,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has signed free agent defenseman Andy Wozniewski.
from Joe O’Conner of the National Post via Faceoff.com,
Brathwaite was not ready to be a cheerleader. So when Omsk called and offered him a half-million dollars—or twice what he was making with the Wolves—he jumped at the opportunity. Sort of.
“It was a very tough decision for me, but I still wanted to play at the highest level I could,” Brathwaite said.
The Avangard fan club was waiting at the airport when he arrived.
“I don’t know if there is nothing else to do there,” Brathwaite said, “but they are definitely European-type hockey fans.”
They would sing fight songs, bang drums and turn the stands into a carnival during home games. But it was away from the rink where Brathwaite suffered his most shattering culture shocks.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from Mark Hermann of Newsday,
Joel Quenneville is the man Snow should hire. He is fresh off a three-year stint with the Avalanche, having gone 131-92-23 but let go because his team was swept out of the second round by the Cup-bound Red Wings. Losing in the second round is no indictment around here. Quenneville did coach a banged-up, patched-together roster to a first-round win, something no Islanders coach has done since Arbour did it in 1993.
He is known to be a teacher, defensive specialist and friend of Barry Trotz, the Predators coach whose longtime partnership with his general manager is the model Snow wants to replicate.
from Japers’ Rink,
One less reason to waste your time watching when they air the garbage (ESPY Awards) on Sunday night.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
Kyle Okposo is only nine games into his NHL career and just seven months removed from the University of Minnesota, but when he walks into Islanders training camp in September, all eyes will be watching to see if he can become an offensive force….
“People are looking at you to produce, and you have to fill the void,” Okposo said. “I really want to do that. I feel like I have the right mind-set, and I know Blake has the right mindset. He had a good year last year, and he’s looking to build on that. We’ve been working really hard this offseason to prepare ourselves to be those guys and chip in more than we did last year.”
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
If you haven’t seen Kevin Lowe’s Edmonton Oiler big picture strategy developing along the way you can certainly see it now with the signing of Shawn Horcoff to a six-year contract extension through 2014-15 worth $33 million US.
“This team has a lot of upside right now and I see the fruits of that sooner than later,” said Horcoff. “I’m thrilled with the direction in which the team is headed. I’m so excited with the new ownership and the moves we’ve made.”
Pieces are in place
Horcoff said he looks around him and knows the pieces are in place with the core players in place long term to have a real success story here.
“With the core group of guys signed, we’re going to be able to do that.”
from Jay Mariotti of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Hang some ivy. Rent the rooftops. Use the center-field scoreboard. Play the organ. Open the Cubby Bear and Harry Caray’s. Let the bleacher creatures mate and throw back flying pucks. Have players dress in the clubhouses. Tell Ronnie Woo Woo to stay at home. Ask the singer to do winter jingles between periods as the Zambrano—I mean, the Zamboni—cleans the ice.
And, please, ban all goat references.
added 9:03am, from Darren Pang at the Coyotes website,
I am looking forward to experiencing the walk into Wrigley. I just want to see the boards and the ice and the look on the faces of the players as they step onto the ice. It won’t be the 24 steps it once took to reach the ice surface from the locker room at the Stadium, but it is going to be darn close, I’m sure.
I am looking forward to seeing the Blackhawk Alumni, one of the best in all of sports. The Hawks will make sure they are a part of the festivities and the old players have been looking forward to being a part of a special hockey event in Chicago for some time. After all, for years they were the ones that had to answer all the negative questions and criticism from the dwindling fan base.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
With trade speculation and denials surrounding the Ottawa Senators continuing to run fast and furious, the only given in the situation is that general manager Bryan Murray currently has his hands tied financially in his efforts to make further changes.
While the club’s current payroll is approximately $47 million U.S.—$9.5 million to $10 million shy of the NHL’s salary cap of $56.7 million—Murray doesn’t have any room to manoeuvre. At least until there’s some movement in the status of restricted free agents Antoine Vermette and defenceman Andrej Meszaros.
Regarding all the rumors involving Ottawa, yes we are aware that a well known hockey forum and a hockey entertainment site had posted both Jason Williams was a Senator and Chris Neal had been traded.
Numerous emails from KK readers asked why we did not mention them and our response was they were not true. You may not realize it, but we do have a system of checks and balances at KK, we want to keep our readers informed of what has happened in the hockey world but will not post trades or signings that DID NOT happen.
from Lightning Strikes,
Jeff Halpern’s knee is responding slowly, and the center likely won’t be back in the lineup before Christmas. When Halpern underwent reconstructive surgery on his right knee, the window for his return was the end of October to the end of December. Seems as if the Lightning is shooting for the later of the dates.
“It’s a big injury,” said Brian Lawton, the Lightning’s vice president of hockey operations. “There was a lot of atrophy.
more on the Lightning…
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