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People from Glendale and Winnipeg should be outraged. Bettman and Daly have long told both cities, with straight faces, that they would love to have both of them in the NHL. But not, apparently, before one is told to shut up and cough up, and the other is used coldly as a bargaining chip.
-David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail were you can read more on the Phoenix/Winnipeg talk.
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Though their free-agent picture isn’t expected to change as radically as last year – when they didn’t re-sign any of their 10 unrestricted free agents – it’s still plenty complicated.
The Canadiens have roughly $44.7-million (U.S.) committed to 14 players (including the eventual buyout of enforcer Georges Laraque), which optimistically leaves $13-million to $14-million for the remaining nine roster spots.
That could prove problematic in a year where some are due big pay increases.
At the head of the list is centre Tomas Plekanec, who led the team in scoring in the regular season, but faltered disconcertingly in the playoffs.
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
Courting of Marian Hossa began in Dale Tallon’s Montreal hotel room at last June’s draft. It was there that the Tallon, then general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, met seriously with agent Ritch Winter for the first time. It was there he let Winter know just how interested he was in signing Hossa.
It was an unusual arrangement. Hossa wouldn’t become a free agent until July 1, but his one-year deal with Detroit had come with a gentlemen’s agreement: He could negotiate with other teams if a longer-term deal with the Red Wings fell through.
Hossa’s instruction to Winter was simple: Find me a winner. Doing so, however, was a little more complicated.
via Sarah Talalay of the Sun-Sentinel,
Broward County commissioners appear poised to grant the parent company of the Florida Panthers a break on loan payments for building the county-owned BankAtlantic Center.
Commissioners voted 8-0 on Tuesday to direct county staff to come back to the commission June 8 with a new debt service schedule for Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, which owns the National Hockey League team and operates the arena.
Sunrise Sports requested the county cut the company’s payments by $2.5 million annually through 2016 and then raise them about $1 million a year starting in 2017, as a way to free up cash for the struggling hockey team.
Sunrise Sports wants to use the cash to help improve the team’s finances.
from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Before he left for vacation this week, Ducks winger Bobby Ryan told me that he thought the Ducks had met with his representatives to broach the topic of a new deal before his current extry level contract expires on July 1.
In an e-mail response on Tuesday, Don Meehan of Newport Sports Management confirmed that talks have taken place recently and that he expects there will be more conversations in the coming weeks between himself, Mark Guy and Ducks assistant general manager David McNab. Guy is Ryan’s longtime agent and other representative.
Ducks GM Bob Murray also confirmed on Tuesday that negotiations are back on.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Detroit Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch issued the following statement regarding Steve Yzerman’s hiring by the Tampa Bay Lightning:
“Today is a difficult day for us, just as we know it is for Red Wings fans everywhere. It’s hard to imagine Steve Yzerman in anything other than the red and white Winged Wheel as he has been synonymous with the Red Wings and Hockeytown for as long as most of us can remember! We want to congratulate Steve on his new position with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is an exciting and well-deserved opportunity for him and his family, and we know he will do a terrific job in this next chapter of his life.
from the CP at the Glob and Mail,
Montreal Canadiens goaltender and playoff hero Jaroslav Halak says he wants to take some time away from the game before thinking about his future.
Halak will be a restricted free agent on July 1 with the right to go to salary arbitration if he and the Canadiens are unable to come to a contract agreement.
“Right now, don’t think about it,” Halak said Tuesday when asked what his priorities are when it comes to his contract status. “This is not going to happen today or tomorrow, it’s going to happen over the summer.
“It’s a good question, but right now I just want to go on vacation and put aside hockey and not think about it.”
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed captain Adam Foote to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2010-11 season.
“Adam’s veteran leadership has been and will continue to be a big part of our success,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “He provided stability last season and set an example for our young players right from the start of training camp. We are pleased to have our captain back for another year.”
“This organization is definitely heading in the right direction and I am excited to be a part of it,” said Foote. “Having a young group like we did last year come together and compete at a high level was very special. We’re looking to carry that momentum into next season.”
Foote, who turns 39 on July 10, will be embarking on his 19th season in the NHL, his 17th with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise. Foote has played in 1,107 career games, tallying 300 points (66g/234a) and 1,501 penalty minutes. The veteran blueliner is a combined +108 throughout his career. Foote has also appeared in 170 career playoff games and was a member of Colorado’s 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup championship teams.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
As the new general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Yzerman, now 45, will be able to walk into the room and get his players attention because they know, if nothing else, he has been there and done that.
“I think right away Steve brings instant credibility to the Tampa Bay organization,” says Kris Draper, Yzerman’s longtime teammate with the Detroit Red Wings. “It is a big loss for the Red Wings. He was very influential as a player and always had a positive presence as an executive for the Wings. He did a great job with Team Canada and will bring that enthusiasm to Tampa Bay.”
Yzerman, as you probably know, was a terrific player for 21 years, captaining the Red Wings to three Stanley Cups and winning another as an executive. Early in his career he was regarded as a gifted offensive star, but there were questions about his ability to lead and to win. Under the guidance of Scotty Bowman, however, Yzerman transformed himself into a solid two-way player who put more of an emphasis on team results as to personal stats.
That is when he became a winner.
The press conference is scheduled to start at 3:00pm ET, watch it below…
added 3:35pm, Conference is over.
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