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from Evan Weiner at the NY Sun,
NHL fans are about to find out just how powerful the owner of the Los Angeles Kings, Phil Anschutz, is. Anschutz — who is not a publicity hound and rarely gives interviews — now has a chance to orchestrate the league’s next expansion between now and 2009 by placing teams into arenas he has built or is building in Kansas City and Las Vegas….
The NHL’s expansion plans were solidified when Anschutz’s AEG entered into a partnership with Harrah’s to build an arena on Harrah’s property near the Las Vegas strip. The new building will be opened in 2010 and it appears that Las Vegas already has an owner in movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has spoken with NHL officials about placing a team in Las Vegas.
Neither Kansas City nor Las Vegas is a big TV market. But if Anschutz wants teams in those markets, the odds are pretty good that his fellow NHL owners, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly, will see it his way.
from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have named Dave Lewis as Assistant Coach and have promoted Jamie Kompon to Assistant Coach and Director of Amateur Development, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford announced Tuesday. Lewis joins Mike Johnston (Associate Coach), Kompon, Nelson Emerson (Assistant Coach), Bill Ranford (Goaltending Coach) and Chad Smith (Strength and Conditioning Coach) on Crawford’s coaching staff.
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Now, it’s time for some of the younger guys to step forward, and Cammalleri’s name is at the top of that list. Lombardi said it himself, in so many words. Goals are nice, but a guy like Cammalleri also has to take responsibility for winning and losing, and now’s the time for that.
Based on what I’ve seen, it’s coming. Under Murray, Cammalleri was a bit bland in public, most likely because he was afraid to say the wrong thing. Last year he seemed to become a bit more confident and is always available in the dressing room to be a team spokesman. That’s important, as far as team leadership. At the end of last season, Mike was very vocal about his optimism for the future and his belief in the young players.
more, including the recent arbitraion ruling should be a motivating factor for Cammalleri…
from Sovsport.ru (translated below)...
Oleg Tverdovsky’s headed to Bashkortostan, where he’ll play for Salavat Yulaev for the next five years:
In [the arena] the player and the agent appear at 11:40. Oleg [Tverdovsky] in a strict black suit, but without a tie, in the same colors the elegant varnished shoes. At once follow in a cabinet of the general director of club Vadim Rybinskogo. There Oleg Gross, wthe GM “Salavat,” waits for them. All is settled literally in fifteen minutes of formality, and Tverdovsky leaves obviously happy. Beside him, Gross with a pack of papers.
Question: Oleg, the contract with Ufa is signed?
Tverdovsky: Yes. For five years.
Question: Whether is not present in the agreement [an] item, where you can break off [the contract] and return ahead of schedule to the NHL?
Question: It turns out, that at the termination of the contract to you will be 36 years old. Whether follows from this, what you finish your career in Ufa?
Tverdovsky: Only 36! It is not necessary to think so far forward. For me now the main thing – stability, it would be desirable to play and receive pleasure from hockey that, in the NHL, did not suffice. And conditions of life and other moments – are secondary.
Dean Lombardi conference call transcript via Inside the Kings,
Q: Is it fair to say that it was significantly closer to your figure than his figure?
Lombardi: Yeah, that’s fair to say. What I don’t want to do here is… nobody wins at these things. I think it is safe to say that it came out closer to our end, but these situations aren’t for winning and losing. The L.A. Kings and Cammalleri have got to be on the same team. So that’s the danger of saying, `Well, it was closer to us,’ is that you have to connotation of winning and losing, and that’s not what this is all about.
Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings has been doing a great job following this ruling and will be releasing the numbers soon. If they are correct, the ruling came in lower than people expected.
added 8:46pm, per Rich Hammond,
$3.1 million next season and $3.6 million in ‘08-‘09 for Cammalleri. Those are the numbers I have, and I have them from a very good source who is confident that they are correct.
added 9:43pm, OK Kings fans, enough of “is something up” questions on this ruling.
On the LA Kings homepage... The Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent Michael Cammalleri.
You should also trust what your beat writer is saying, forget the other stuff, it is all fluff!
added 9:48pm, from Rich Hammond,
As for the range, the Kings came in at $2.6 million and Cammalleri came in at $6 million.
more... looks like the Cammalleri was shooting for the moon…
from Sport-Express, with rough translation below:
TODAY TVERDOVSKY CAN SIGN THE CONTRACT WITH “SALAVAT”
Last night to Moscow from America there has arrived the defender of club of NHL ” Los Angeles Kings ” Oleg Tverdovsky.
I have some offers from clubs of the superleague. The most interesting - from “Salavat Yulaev.” On Monday with the agent we take off for Ufa for negotiations and, probably, signings of the contract, - has told Tverdovsky to the correspondent “SE” to Vladimir YURIN.
And how your contract with “Los Angeles” which a year operates as early as?
There are some variants to terminate the contract with “Kings”. I think, we shall find an optimum way to make it. In “Los Angeles” to me do not trust, and to play for this command I do not want.
Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings was informed by the Kings that a ruling on Cammalleri probably won’t come down until Monday.
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
The only real news of the day is that Cammalleri will get a two-year contract, regardless of how much it’s worth.
more and I believe Rich has had enough of the Raycroft to the Kings talk too…
added 9:37pm, More from Rich at the same blog, Inside the Kings,
If the Kings accept the contract, they will have Cammalleri under contract through 2008-09, after which he would become an unrestricted free agent. As for the question of trading him, I don’t know why they request a two-year contract if they had any thoughts of trading him. Plus, I didn’t get the feeling that it was even a possibility.
Make sure to check this out, very insightful and quotes from Lombardi…
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
One of the most enduring and respected figures in the Kings’ organization, Dave Taylor, will no longer be with the franchise.
Taylor’s contract expired June 30, and it is expected he is going to be hired by the Dallas Stars in a front-office capacity, according to a source familiar with the Kings, though nothing has been finalized.
Taylor, who played 17 seasons for the Kings and served as general manager for nine more until April 2006, on Thursday called his three-decade tenure with the team “very rewarding” and said he was “looking to a new challenge.”
This past season, Taylor served as the team’s director of amateur development and it appeared as though the Kings were poised to increase his role.
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