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from the Edmonton Journal,
Because along with the five-year, 21.25-million US contract, there are lofty expectations—something Dustin Penner is acutely aware of.
“Money changes expectations—yours and those put on you by other people,” Penner said on Thursday, before signing another round of autographs for the keen youngsters at the Oilers hockey school in St. Albert.
Penner and Geoff Sanderson, two of the club’s off-season additions, rolled into town, slipped into their new jerseys, toured the classes, then addressed the media. Both will return in a few weeks for training camp.
“It’s an ideal situation for me,” said Sanderson, the 35-year-old veteran who will wear No. 8 when he begins his 17th season with his eighth NHL team.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
On reports that Edmonton is now considered the Siberia of hockey for pro players: “It’s a wonderful place to be an athlete. The facilities are outstanding and the support you get not only from fans but from corporate sponsorship is as good as anywhere in the National Hockey League.”
a little more from Wayne, including backing Kevin Lowe…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
MacTavish yesterday was a coach very much saying thank you to his general manager for giving him a chance to again contemplate success.
“I’d like to commend Kevin. It was not really that popular but at the end of the day, who cares?” he said of doing the dirty deed with Penner.
“Maybe someday it’ll look like a stupid play, but right now I feel pretty good about it.”
Asked to comment on the reactions of Ducks GM Brian Burke, MacTavish responded with a Burke-like quote.
“Irrelevant really. Listening to him is the equivalent of taking a drink from a firehose.
“Kevin did what he had to do for his hockey team.”
From the AP via CBS Sportsline,
The Edmonton Oilers are not for sale.
That was the message Tuesday from Cal Nichols, chairman of the 33-member group that owns and operates the NHL franchise.
Nichols said the Edmonton Investors Group resoundingly rejected the latest bid of $185 million from local tycoon Daryl Katz to buy the team. He said they also passed a motion declaring the team is not for sale.
“This is not about dollars. This is about Edmonton,” Nichols said at a news conference.
The Edmonton Investors Group (EIG), headed up by chairman Cal Nichols, held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce Katz’ latest offer had been turned down. Nichols also announced today that the group has voted to declare the team not for sale.
Katz, who owns the Rexall Pharmacy chain, made a $170 million offer last month that included more than an investment in the hockey club.
‘‘I am also prepared to make a significant additional investment of time and money towards the development of a new downtown arena facility for the team and the city if that’s what the people of Edmonton want,’’ Katz said.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Now comes Daryl Katz’s latest pitch to buy the Edmonton Oilers: a $170-million (all currency U.S.) offer that includes his promise to spend to the salary-cap limit every season while helping lead the charge for a new downtown arena in the city where he lives and does business.
Will the third time be the charm? Will the Edmonton Investors Group, which will meet today to vote on Katz’s bid, take his money and run happily to the bank?
Don’t count on it. Not yet, that is….
If it’s true that everyone and everything has its price, then bet that the Oilers owners vote no today and that Katz regroups for yet another pitch.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Last I checked, the National Hockey League was all about paying for production. Paying for potential is what got the NHL in trouble in the first place, leading to the salary cap.
So please, no more whining about small-market Edmonton. This Penner purchase should be the final nail in that coffin. Lowe seems to be spending the Edmonton Investors Group money like a drunken sailor who just settled in to the Victoria, B.C., harbour with a bunch of American coin in his pocket.
Owners of the Edmonton Oilers will meet on Tuesday to vote on the latest bid by Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz to purchase the team.
Following Tuesday’s meeting, the ownership group is expected to hold a press conference to discuss the decision.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
It was a fine whine all right, reminiscent of the moaning and groaning Burke emitted from his Vancouver pulpit when the Sedins were apparently treated poorly by nasty foes and myopic refs a while ago. He uncorked another bottle when Todd Bertuzzi did his thug thing on Steve Moore and was duly suspended.
But Burke simply couldn’t do the math with Penner at $4.25 million and now he must make do with Bertuzzi, who was originally tagged to replace Teemu
Selanne’s goals on the wing. Now Bert will have to stay out of the penalty box, the infirmary and the commissioner’s doghouse long enough to score 29 for Penner too. Good luck, Duck.
If Burke isn’t on the phone at this moment begging Selanne and Scott Niedermayer to stave off retirement for one more year, he ought to be getting a call from his bosses.
more on the signing of Penner…
added 9:42am, from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Frankly, I’ve had enough of you, Mr. Crankypants.
Brian Burke makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like Tony Robbins, eating a tub of ice cream. What the heck does it take for you to get – and stay – happy?
We can forgive your irascible early years. You were young and it was the Hartford Whalers after all. Smiles were not in their budget.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke has already gone on record describing Lowe, his Edmonton Oilers counterpart, as desperate, classless, even gutless. And what did Lowe do that was so overtly wrong, so low and downright cowardly?
He didn’t call Burke to say the Oilers were extending a five-year, $21.25-million (all currency U.S.) offer sheet to restricted free-agent forward Dustin Penner, an offer the Ducks declined to match yesterday.
For that great crime against hockey, Lowe has been tarred and feathered as though he’d swindled old folks out of their retirement money.
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