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This morning, Paul had a chance to speak with Las Vegas Wranglers’ co-owner Jonanthan Fleisig about the NHL in Las Vegas. More about Jonathan from the team’s website:
Fleisig, 37, is a New York City native, and is the co-owner of the Las Vegas Wranglers as well as the principal owner and CEO of Flying Puck, LLC (dba Bakersfield Condors). This is Fleisig’s second year in Las Vegas and he is entering his eighth season in Bakersfield. While in the WCHL, Fleisig was a member of the league’s Executive Committee, and actively conducted the assimilation into the ECHL for 2003-04.
Along with his hockey holdings, Fleisig is the sole owner of Flyball, Inc., parent company of his baseball club in the Northeast League. He also sits on the Northeast League Board of Directors during this, his eighth season of ownership in the baseball world.
Jonathan is personally involved with many national charities. The Wranglers plan to mirror that charitable commitment, and his belief that minor league sports provide valuable and responsible assests to the community through involvement in local charitie, schools and civic organizations.
Our thanks to Jonathan for taking the time to share his thoughts with KK readers.
You can download the audio file here, or click on the player below to listen online.
With such noticeable changes to the series last season, the overarching goal for NHL 08 seems to be refining the new-look controls and adding depth to the overall experience. A big part of that refinement will be in improved skating controls, which look to add more variety and depth to how you move your players around the ice.
from Tripp Mickle at SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
NHL owners rewarded Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly coming out of the lockout, giving each of them a roughly $2 million raise for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006, according to the league’s tax return.
Bettman’s salary rose 57 percent from June 2005 to June 2006, topping out at $5.9 million for the first fiscal year following the lockout, which ended in July 2005. The salary includes a $400,000 contribution to his retirement plan.
Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, a member of the NHL’s executive committee, which submitted Bettman’s salary to the board of governors for approval, said the raise was a reward for the commissioner’s work during hockey’s 2004-05 lockout.
“The owners were so happy with the way he handled the labor situation, because it was a bit like herding cats,” Karmanos said.
Daly, who was lead negotiator during the lockout, was rewarded, as well. His promotion from chief legal officer to deputy commissioner came with a 215 percent raise for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2006. His total compensation reached $2.78 million last year. That number reflects a $113,126 contribution to his retirement plan.
added 1:34pm, Thanks to the folks at SportsBusiness Journal, the full article can be read here...
from the CBC,
Hockey players in an isolated northern Manitoba community are looking up to NHL players for more than just their hockey skills after learning the big-league players are outfitting them with brand new gear.
Children in Berens River, a fly-in aboriginal community on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, will receive complete sets of new equipment from the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s Goals and Dreams fund.
Until now, the children have been a ragtag group on the ice. Most children don’t have helmets, and not everyone has gloves.
I took part in a Detroit Roundtable Discussion hosted by Behind the Jersey. The discussion revolved around what makes Detroit a great sports city and well known Detroit related bloggers participated in the discussion.
Christy broke it down in five parts so you can begin here to find all the different questions asked of the group.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Two league sources told the Sun yesterday they believe the Columbus Blue Jackets may seek permission to speak with Murray about the club’s vacant GM’s job.
“If the Senators don’t sign Bryan Murray, then he’s going to have options if he doesn’t mind leaving the city,” said an NHL executive yesterday.
The Jackets were poised to hire Anaheim assistant GM Bob Murray last week, but sources say he pulled out of the running when he realized he wasn’t going to have full say with coach Ken Hitchcock already under contract.
from the Tennessean,
But one item that needs to be completed before the Board of Governors would even consider Balsillie’s bid is a formal application for sale of the Predators.
As of late last week, that item — which includes a purchase agreement — had not been submitted to the league. It’s expected to be completed in the near future.
“The only significance (of it not yet being completed) is that it affects timing of the approval process,’’ NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said last week via e-mail.
Until Balsillie’s bid is approved, current owner Craig Leipold is still the man pulling the trigger on salary issues, which raises interesting questions.
Should Leipold spend liberally to try to re-sign some of his current free agents?
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
Top defensemen always draw a crowd.
Sheldon Souray, Scott Hannan, Brad Stuart and Kimmo Timonen are prime unrestricted free agent targets for a lot of NHL teams.
But, scratch below the surface and you’ll find two prominent blueliners who despite their contract status might be considered available, to the right team.
from the Montana Standard,
The way Jim Agnew sees it, life boils down to a single principle — teamwork.
Whether that entails patrolling Missoula’s streets as a sheriff’s deputy, charging down the ice as a defenseman for the Vancouver Canucks, or raising his family in Montana, the idea of functioning as a single unit has always appealed to the Canadian-born retired hockey player….
“The coach says ‘Jimmy, we’re going to start you out. But right off the hop, I want you to run Gretzky,’ ” Agnew recalls. “So I decide I’m really going to run Gretzky first shift, I’m going to hammer Gretzky, because I wanted to please the coach.
“A few seconds into the game and the puck’s behind the net, and there’s Gretzky. I’m tearing down the ice right at him, and he does one of these between-the-legs spin maneuvers and I go flying by like NASCAR,” he said. “It was less than a minute into the game and I was sitting down. The coach just leaned over to me and said, ‘Forget about what I told you.’”
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
There are those who believe the Los Angeles Kings already have a jersey made up for July 1 with the Sheldon Souray’s name on the back ... Daniel Alfredsson may have shot the puck at Scott Niedermayer and hit Henrik Tallinder from behind, but he is the one Ottawa player who has nothing to apologize for. His linemates disappeared in the final, he didn’t.
more NHL bits scattered throughout Simmon’s Sunday column…
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