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From the CP via the Sporting News,
Pharmacy tycoon Daryl Katz is a step closer to buying the Edmonton Oilers.
The board of directors of the Edmonton Investment Group which owns the team has sent out a letter to shareholders with the recommendation that they accept their portions of the $200 million Katz has offered for the shares.
“The board has made a recommendation to our remaining shareholders to tender their shares,” Investors Group chairman Bill Butler said.
from Dan Pollard of TSN,
I’ve changed my tune. I think it’s time to set a standard suspension for hits from behind in the NHL. It can’t hurt.
In the latest incident New York Ranger forward Ryan Hollweg, the man who took a Chris Simon stick to the face a year ago, ran Montreal Canadien Sergei Kostitsyn.
There’s no irony that Hollweg was involved in the two incidents.
In case you missed the hit from Hollweg, you can view it here on KK...
from Terry Frei at All Things Avs,
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is planning to be at the Avalanche-Coyotes game in Denver Monday night, and is scheduled to meet with the media before the game….
But my biggest criticism of him is his devotion to the art of the “spin.” I really believe hockey’s fandom — and I’m not talking about the wacko wing, but the intelligent core — appreciates candor and frank talk…even if heads aren’t nodding in agreement
from Naples News,
Almost 40 years ago, when hockey players didn’t wear helmets, sticks were wooden, and penalties were rare—Don Awrey hoisted the Stanley Cup with his Boston Bruins teammates. Twice: once in 1970 and again in ‘72. His Montreal Canadiens team also won in ‘76, but Awrey didn’t get his name on the Cup because he missed the playoffs, despite playing in 72 regular-season games that year.
Hockey was knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out Broadstreet Bullies back then, and Awrey was among the best of the era’s grittiest players.
Teamed with Hall of Famer Bobby Orr on the Bruins’ blueline, Awrey was the punch to Orr’s pop. He stayed back and played defense, knocked guys around the front of the net while Orr zipped into the offensive zone and scored.
from the CP,
Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur says being dumped into the media spotlight last week over legal trouble surrounding his son Mark has been a hellish experience.
But the former Montreal Canadiens star was philosophical over his legal woes in his weekly newspaper column in the Journal de Montreal on Sunday.
“No matter what happens to us in life, we must get back on our feet and continue on the path,” Lafleur wrote. “Yesterday there was a storm, today it looks good.”
Lafleur says a positive approach is the only way to get out of problems and nothing is worse than dwelling on things and feeling sorry for yourself.
from Mark Spector of the National Post at Faceoff.com,
The point is, the no-trade deals do not work for the fans. And wouldn’t it be nice if, in this eternal squabble over whose rights are most important in the NHL, the fans’ rights won out now and again?
The argument can be made that a no-trade stops an evil owner from dealing away a player who has become a fan favorite. But that’s an old economy,
On the same page, Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald gives an opposing point of view.
from Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press,
The book is really about a rebirth.
A rebirth for its subject—former National Hockey League goaltender Terry Sawchuk—and a rebirth for its author, Randall Maggs.
Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems recounts the life, in and out of hockey, of arguably the best goaltender who ever played the game. He also was one of hockey’s most tragic figures, dying in 1970 at the age of 40 after fighting with teammate Ron Stewart in the off-season. He suffered from untreated depression.
NHL.com has added a Trade Deadline section. Check it out and make sure to bookmark it for the next 3 1/2 weeks!
From Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
GB has done one heck of a job. Costs, for the most part, are capped. Revenue is up. Attendance is stable though lower than annually reported since the NHL came off the second of Bettman’s forced lockouts. And—this is most important and dear to every owner’s heart—the value of franchises has risen dramatically on his watch
Example: the expected sale of the Edmonton Oilers. The struggling franchise in what is arguably the NHL’s smallest city is expected to change hands for upwards of $200 million. Compare that to the $50 million cost of an expansion franchise (Ottawa and Anaheim) the day before Bettman was anointed in Palm Beach, Fla. in February 1993. Even with inflation, the increase is staggering—not nearly the value of an NFL or Major League franchise or even one in the NBA (which is hard to gauge because there haven’t been nearly as many in bankruptcy or for sale), but in the NHL, it’s a noteworthy achievement.
*related: an earlier article considering Bettman’s tenure posted on KK today.
Update 6:32pm ET: Pierre LeBrun at the CP flashes back on Bettman’s legacy today as well.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Nobody will ever convince me that criminalizing any and all minor ripple effects of someone’s physiological and/or psychological condition isn’t as barbaric and impractical as Canada’s court system gets.
The Lafleur family deserves our compassion, not any more punishment than their son’s poor choices have already delivered upon them.
They have been humiliated enough as it is, and the petty, spiteful charge Guy Lafleur faces today will do absolutely nothing to either end their misery or make the streets of Montreal safer.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
That’s not good judgment on Guy’s part. His son is facing a laundry list of very serious charges including sexual assault of a 17-year old, uttering death threats, kidnapping, forcible confinement, drug possession (more than one count) and assorted acts of mayhem that police thought endangered people’s lives. It’s one thing if Marc Lafleur violated the terms of his bail, it’s something else again if his father helped him do it.
more and other NHL bits from Jim…
Update 7:05pm ET: Lafleur turns himself in to the authorities a day earlier than previously announced. He was released without condition and is set to appear in court February 7th.
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