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From Liz Mullen at SportsBusiness Daily (paid sub.),
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that the league has been in discussions with powerful film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer about owning a franchise in Las Vegas, amid growing speculation that the NHL is on the verge of proposing expansion to Las Vegas and K.C. A group led by Bruckheimer, an avid hockey fan, is the front-runner for the Las Vegas expansion and has been in talks with NHL officials for months, sources said….
Daly, asked to confirm or deny whether the NHL had discussions with Bruckheimer about owning an NHL team in Las Vegas, said in an e-mail, “Bruckheimer is one of many people we have spoken to about their desire to own a team in Vegas.” Daly added that “no decisions have been made” by the NHL BOG about expanding the league from 30 to 32 teams and that “there’s no ‘agreement’ with anyone” to own an expansion team.
But he said, “There have been many expressions of interest by a number of individuals and a number of cities,” including Las Vegas and K.C., where AEG manages the city-owned Sprint Center, set to open in October. At the Stanley Cup Finals Game Four in Ottawa on Monday, there was a buzz that an announcement about the league considering expansion to Las Vegas and K.C. was imminent, hockey sources said.
Asked about that, Daly wrote, “I don’t know if or when there might be an announcement. We will update the Board on the expressions of interest we have received.”
from Jim Baumach at Newsday,
“I don’t understand the Alexei Yashin contract. I don’t understand why it’s 10 years, but it’s not my team and not my money. Time will tell whether it was the correct move on their part.”
Those words were spoken by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about a month after the Islanders signed Alexei Yashin to the largest (and silliest) deal in league history, an $87.5-million, 10-year contract.
from Scotty Bowman at NBC Sports,
The Ducks are one win from the Stanley Cup. When you get down to needing one to win, it’s all the outside stuff that you need to shut out. You’ve got a lot of good-meaning people, friends and relatives who are planning the Stanley Cup party, but they’re not the ones on the ice. So it works two ways, it puts pressure, but it provides motivation for them to finish it
To answer a few of your emails all at one time, Nik Antropov has NOT re-signed with the Leafs. Perhaps close to signing, but not a deal yet.
added 12:04pm, Fan590 in Toronto reports the Leafs have agreed to a contract with Antropov, 2 years for $4.25M. Contract hsa not been finalized.
Now, what about Yashin, who wants him?
added 11:12am, from an open letter to Yashin from The Maven,
Who could have figured the nosedive that followed the wonderful Spring war with the Maple Leafs? Not me.
But it happened—and it was messier than a spilled Samovar.
You know what I’m talking about. The business about this coach not handling you right; and Steve Stirling not being your kind of mentor and Michael Peca being a pain in the prose.
And this and that and the other thing and you being the captain as well.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators might have won at least three games in a row on 11 separate occasions this year, but the sticking point in doing it a 12th time is none of those three-game streaks were against the Anaheim Ducks.
Also working against the Senators digging out of a 3-1 hole in the Stanley Cup final—it would be only the second time a team has done it—is, well, the Senators are the other team.
They are exactly where they deserve to be in this Stanley Cup final because they have managed to play but four good periods in four games and when you are playing in June, that ratio means your summer will be spent lowering your handicap and wondering what if, not raising the Stanley Cup and relishing what was.
NEW YORK (June 6, 2007) – In a first for all major professional sports leagues, the National Hockey League (NHL) is partnering with Sling Media, Inc. around the company’s upcoming Clip+Sling technology. The NHL and Sling Media have signed an agreement whereby Sling Media’s Clip+Sling technology will enable all current and future Slingbox™ customers to clip and share live or recorded segments of NHL programming online with friends, family and others.
“Having the most tech-savvy fans of all major professional sports, who also tend to be early adopters of new technology, makes offering NHL content through Clip+Sling a natural fit,” said Keith Ritter, President, NHL Interactive CyberEnterprises. “This partnership expands the visibility of our NHL games online and we are excited and proud to be the first sports league to offer this service to our fans.”
from Ed Moran at the Philly News,
Now that the Ducks and Senators are the two teams left standing and are playing with a fierce combination of size, skill and brutal, relentless hitting, the questions for the Flyers are: What kind of team do they want to be? And who will they bring in to accomplish that?
“I think we want to be a combination of all three teams [Anaheim, Ottawa and Buffalo],” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “They are all good, competitive teams. We want to be a good, competitive team. When we look at players, size is an issue, skill is an issue and skating is an issue….”
from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,
But nowhere is Don Metz to be found.
Metz, of course, would be 91 now if he were still playing, but if some modern equivalent of the sleek and slim winger from Wilcox, Saskatchewan, could lace them up for Game 5, there might be a chance.
Don Metz, history will show, did not dress for the first three games of the 1942 Stanley Cup final. His Toronto Maple Leafs were down three games to none against the powerful Detroit Red Wings and seemed almost certain to be swept in four straight.
Toronto goaltender Turk Broda had lost all confidence, saying the Wings were “unbeatable — they’re too hot.”
from the National Post,
Canada’s Competition Bureau is believed to have launched an inquiry into the franchise relocation practices and policies of the National Hockey League amid speculation that one of its financially strapped teams in the United States could be relocated to Southwestern Ontario.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
With one more victory over Ottawa the Anaheim Ducks would append an NHL championship to general manager Brian Burke’s résumé.
It would also add to Burke’s image as one of the league’s most fascinating figures - a silver-haired, erudite, Ivy League-educated, frequently brusque, seldom-smiling man of contradictions who shows little of himself to the public.
“The private side of Brian Burke is private,” Burke said in Ottawa this week. “My family sees (that), my friends see that. But I’m not interested in you guys understanding me.”
One thing is clear: Burke’s passionate belief in letting players self-police the game. It’s more typical of an old-school hockey man from Alberta than of an American with a Harvard law degree.
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