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From CBC’s Satellite Hotstove Notebook,
Hollywood is calling Brian Burke. Yes, Hollywood.
On the heels of, or perhaps in-between, the Toronto Maple Leafs twice asking the Anaheim Ducks for permission to speak with their general manager, now comes word that Jerry Bruckheimer, the famous Hollywood television producer has also asked.
And three times the Ducks have said no, still intent on having Burke honour the final year of his contract
What is interesting about the Bruckheimer call, though, is that he doesn’t have a team. Yet.
From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,
Every executive I’ve spoken to over the past month says they’re convinced the Anaheim Ducks will at some point this summer free Burke from his obligations and allow him to join the Leafs.
“He’ll be there,” is a common refrain, “and he’ll be there this summer.”
Sometime around June 25, five days after the draft, is the over-under date for most executives.
Burke still hasn’t signed his contract extension and apparently has no intention of doing so. The thinking is that rather than having a lame-duck GM hanging around who clearly doesn’t want to be there, the Ducks will finally tell Burke if he wants to go to Toronto that badly, then he’d best be on his way.
from Eric Stephens of the LA Times,
While Brian Burke has given his stars Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne until next month’s NHL entry draft to tell him whether they will play next season or retire, the Ducks’ general manager says he is confident that he will re-sign Corey Perry, although it appears that won’t happen until July. Perry, a potential restricted free agent, could be the target of a pricey offer sheet this summer….
“Right now we don’t have the tagging room [for his contract], but we think we will on July 1 if the cap goes up as much as we think,” Burke said. “We think we will be in position to sign him. He’s made it very clear that he wants to stay.”
read on for more Ducks talk…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
In a development that may stoke debate about Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke’s future with the club, team owner Henry Samueli has been accused of securities fraud and could soon face criminal charges….
“The only way he could get out of the deal with Anaheim without their permission is if his contract has a specific provision that provides an escape clause if the team runs into financial uncertainties,’’ a lawyer in the hockey industry said yesterday, adding a criminal investigation of the owner could qualify.
From the LA Times,
The Securities and Exchange Commission today filed civil fraud complaint against Broadcom Corp. co-founders Henry T. Nicholas and Henry Samueli, owner of the NHL Ducks, in an alleged scheme to systematically backdate stock options.
The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, also names former Chief Financial Officer William J. Ruehle and General Counsel David Dull. None of the current and former officials at the Irvine-based chip maker could be reached for comment immediately.
The complaint comes on the heels of an SEC lawsuit filed against Broadcom on April 22 alleging that Nicholas, Samueli and other senior Broadcom executives “orchestrated and carried out” a long-running scheme to backdate stock options.
Update 5:15pm ET: A comment from Michael Schulman, CEO of the Anaheim Ducks:
“In terms of the Ducks, nothing is changed there, or in terms of our operation . . . this does not impact the Ducks.”
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
The Anaheim Ducks, surely, will wake up one day soon and realize they’ve got to let their GM, Brian Burke, talk to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
If not, they’re making a terrible mistake.
This is going to be a distraction for them every single day until Burke’s contract expires after next season. Especially if two things happen:
1) The Ducks can’t get Burke to sign a contract extension.
2) The Leafs hire Burke’s friend Dave Nonis in some form of front-office role while very much keeping the big job open. Nonis, fired as Vancouver Canucks GM last month, is meeting with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment early next week.
From the AP via USA Today,
A California Highway Patrol captain has been placed on leave while authorities investigate whether he tampered with a speeding ticket issued to Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf.
Ken Rosenberg, whose office is decorated with Ducks memorabilia, is accused of removing the ticket filed by an officer who stopped Getzlaf March 14 after he was spotted driving about 84 mph on a toll road.
“We received information that this particular citation may have been improperly processed,” CHP Assistant Chief Steven Lykins said.
Citations are normally sent to court and processed within 10 days, but a copy of the ticket didn’t get to court until April 28 — 45 days after it was issued.
*forgive me for the post title; I couldn’t restrain myself…
A note from Greg Wyshynski, the NHL Blog Editor at Yahoo! Sports:
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The current page reads: “Chris Pronger: A suspension waiting to happen” and Greg thinks hockey fans can do much better.
Go to Yahoo! Sports to read more about it and submit your best effort at ‘honoring’ Pronger.
From Robert Tychkowski at the Edmonton Sun,
Much ado, it turns out, about nothing.
“It’s just so typical of how people jump to conclusions,” Edmonton’s general manager said yesterday in a telephone interview from the World Championships.
Lowe took enormous heat at the time of the deal, and was forced to defend himself during every subsequent attack from Burke.
Now that the draft order is complete (except for 27, 28, 29 and 30, depending on how the final four play out), and the evidence is there in black and white, there has to be a sense of vindication. Unfortunately there’s no undoing the bad blood and the black mark the the feud left on Burke, Lowe and the NHL.
Update 12:18pm ET: More on the adventures of Penner, Lowe, Burke & Co. from David Staples in the Edmonton Journal today.
Kevin Lowe has stated he’s not likely to consider doing business in the future with the new Canucks GM, given their previous run-in as agent-vs-GM last summer over Michael Nylander. But not everyone has sympathy for Lowe’s position.
From Jason Botchford at The Province:
“I am horrified that someone’s integrity is called into question for something they didn’t do and by someone who did something much worse than Mike Gillis could ever be accused of,” agent Rich Winter said. “It’s an embarrassment to the game that Kevin Lowe would use the news media to make these accusations given what he’s done.”
In December 2003, Lowe was shopping Mike Comrie, Winter’s client, and found a taker in then-Ducks GM Bryan Murray. The pair agreed to a deal that would send young Anaheim forward, and future Stanley Cup champion, Corey Perry and a first-round pick to Edmonton for Comrie and a second-round pick.
Murray was worried he would lose Comrie to free agency if he made the deal. To appease Murray, Lowe authorized the Ducks’ general manager to begin negotiations with Comrie. Anaheim then signed the forward to an extension and, in its view, the deal was done.
But “not so fast,” says Botchford. The rest of the story…
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