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Yes hockey fans, the Nashville situation is getting more frustrating by the day…
Bob McKenzie from TSN gives us some insight…
As it relates to Craig Leipold: In my estimation, Leipold wasn’t coerced by the league into potentially taking a lesser offer, he did so because he’s a practical man. And if Leipold knew anything, he knew that Balsillie was never going to be approved by the league as the owner of the Predators. Not now. Not ever.
It wasn’t always that way. I believe Leipold thought at the outset of his dealings with Balsillie it was possible for Balsillie and the league to find some common ground, but that quickly evaporated when it seemed every move made by Balsillie was an affront to the way the league does business. Leipold said as much in his correspondence to the league last week, when he said, he was “unaware” of Balsillie’s singular determination to take the franchise to Hamilton.
Adam Proteau of the Hockey News takes a look at every team in the following fashion…
Detroit Red Wings
Got ‘em: skilled, savvy veterans; speedy young forwards
Need ‘em: dependable, top-end point producer; rugged, mid-tier blueliner
Potential Free Agent Targets: Aaron Miller (LA), Ryan Smyth (NYR), Slava Kozlov (ATL), Brent Sopel (VAN)
read on for the rest of the teams…
via WGR550 Radio,
WGR550 has learned that the Sabres are trying to work out a deal with Co-Captain Chris Drury. Fellow Captain Daniel Briere was offered a contract yesterday.
Regular KK readers know Scott Burnside at ESPN has been previewing his top UFAs. Today he talks goaltenders but let me ssve you some time…
Ed Belfour, Curtis Joseph and David Aebischer.
With the UFA signing period kicking off at noon EDT on Sunday, July 1st, we just wanted to let you know we will be around to announce signings and all the talk that goes with this time period.
Although KK is very active during the weekday, it should be interesting to see the traffic stats for the weekend.
KK members, don’t forget to use the KK Forum for any breaking news. We receive notification of any post there and will follow up if need be.
from the Staten Island Advance,
“I want to help a team be better and win a Stanley Cup,” said Yashin last night in Charleston at a youth hockey clinic operated by old friend and countryman Alexei Kasatonov. “It’s been one of my dreams; that hasn’t changed since I first started playing hockey.”...
“I’m going to prepare for the upcoming season like I have in past years,” said Yashin, who said he hasn’t been contacted yet by another NHL team, though Internet rumors list Detroit and Minnesota as possible suitors. “We’ll see after July 1 (when the free-agency signing period begins). I’m looking forward to the future.”
from the Record,
Tom Renney said Wednesday during the team’s Prospect Development Camp that while he understands the business could force Ortmeyer to sign elsewhere, he’s not ruling him out of his plans just yet.
“I’ll consider him a New York Ranger until he signs somewhere else,” Renney said of Ortmeyer, who played in 50 games, including 9-of-10 in the postseason, after sitting out the first 41 regular-season games while recovering from a pulmonary embolism.
Brendan Shanahan, though, is an unrestricted free agent who figures into the Rangers’ plans. Shanahan, who last year played on a one-year, $4 million contract and turns 39 in January, has said that he intends to return for a 20th NHL season and wants it to be with the Rangers.
“If he’s going to play hockey this year, there isn’t much doubt in anyone’s mind that he wants to play for the New York Rangers,” said Rick Curran, Shanahan’s agent.
more on the Rangers…
from News Wire Services via the Buffalo News,
A television station reported Wednesday night that the Buffalo Sabres have begun negotiations with co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury, both of whom are due to become unrestricted free agents at 12:01 p.m. on Sunday.
The Sabres made Briere an offer late Wednesday evening, Buffalo’s WGRZ-TV reported. It’s not clear what the offer is for a player seeking a minimum four-year deal, and expected to command a $6 million-a-year salary.
Briere finished 10th in the NHL with a career-high 95 points (32 goals, 63 assists).
Briere’s agent Pat Brisson declined comment.
from the Chronicle Journal,
Eventually real life – consisting of being one of the NHL‘s biggest names and a new Stanley Cup champion – resumed and enveloped this Northwestern Ontario town on Wednesday as Pronger made a public appearance alongside hockey‘s Holy Grail that culminated with a parade and a photo session involving over 2,000 people at the Dryden Memorial Arena.
from Theresa Tedesco And Matthew Sekeres of the National Post,
According to sources familiar with the events, Craig Leipold, owner of the Predators, informed Mr. Balsillie late Monday—less than a week before their deal was to close on June 30—that he has decided to walk away from the US$238-million offer announced last month. Instead, he plans to pursue a less lucrative bid from California businessman William “Boots” DelBiaggio. It is widely expected that Mr. DelBiaggio will relocate the Predators to Kansas City once Nashville’s lease at the Sommet Center arena expires.
added 10:41am, from the Globe and Mail,
A source familiar with the negotiations confirmed that Predators owner Craig Leopold has told Balsillie’s lawyers that he is considering a bid from William “Boots” Del Biaggio, unless Balsillie meets new conditions.
Mr. Del Biaggio is reported to have offered less than $190-million (US) for the team, compared to Mr. Balsillie’s $240-million offer.
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