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via the National Post,
Nine-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles is dating Thomas Golisano, owner of the Buffalo Sabres, the New York Post reports.
Golisano confirmed the relationship to the Post’s Page 6 on Tuesday when the newspaper asked if the two were dating.
“Why do you want to know?” he asked coyly, before replying, “Monica and I see each other.”...
There are 32 years difference between Seles, 35, and Golisano, 67.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The NHL is threatening an indemnity fee on top of a relocation fee – pushing the price tag for the Phoenix Coyotes to perhaps more than $400 million – if bankruptcy court judge Redfield Baum allows the team to move to Hamilton.
“Relocation is separate from indemnity,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “There may be indemnity fees owing if a franchise were ever located in Hamilton.”
It’s expected the league could ask for more than $100 million (all figures U.S.) as a relocation fee and perhaps as much again in payment to the Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres in indemnity for the Coyotes encroaching on their territory.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Goalie Ray Emery was articulate and honest _ and didn’t throw a single punch at Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin when he was introduced at Wednesday’s news conference in Voorhees.
OK, that was a cheap shot. But when you come with Emery’s baggage, you expose yourself to all types of criticism.
That said, Emery could emerge as the bargain of the year.
The Flyers announced Wednesday they had agreed to a one-year deal with the 6-foot-2, 196-pound Emery. The deal is for $1.5 million, and if Emery returns to his 2006-07 form _ he led Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Finals _ the Flyers will be feeling very good about themselves.
Though I was in favor of re-signing Marty Biron, I like this move - if it enables the Flyers to sign Jay Bouwmeester or Mike Komisarek, a pair of defensemen who can become free agents on July 1.
Prices listed are for one ticket to game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.
This sight is not KK endorsed, just using it as an example.
from David Ramsey of the Colorado Springs Gazette,
Here’s what the Colorado Avalanche needs:
A new president.
Pierre Lacroix once reigned as an NHL master, but he’s lost his touch and the Avs have lost their way. They were awful this season, and there’s little hope for recovery in the near future.
from Damien Cox of The Spin at the Toronto Star,
Today, we are treated to a diatribe about how all the “embedded” reporters at the Stanley Cup final - none actually named - were hiding the true nature of Detroit defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom’s injury, and that it took the courage for this intrepid Globe and Mail writer to break the news (from Calgary, apparently) that Lidstrom had suffered a testicle injury when he was slashed or speared.
It was suggested that reporters - again, all unnamed - were “complicit” with the NHL’s secrecy policy on such injuries, which is about as insulting to a journalist as you can get.
Well, I’ll leave the Globe writer to sort out the insults with his colleagues at his paper - some of whom are among the best in the business - but who he apparently believes are in cahoots with the NHL. But just for his information, Lidstrom’s precise injury was reported by The Star last week.
from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
So first, Sean Avery partners with pals in a bar on Warren Street.
Now there’s word that he’ll be a field reporter at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival starting Thursday for FUSE TV, interviewing musicians and fans at the Manchester, Tennessee site…
from Christine Brennan of USA TODAY,
Hockey has always been known as the world’s fastest game, a description the sport should play up at every turn as the attention span of the U.S. sports fan lessens year by year. Not only is there more beautiful passing and skating, and less fighting, in hockey’s playoffs than its regular season, it also should be noted that the NHL doesn’t hog your time like the NBA.
When there are five minutes left in an NHL game, that means it will take about five minutes to finish the game, give or take a 30-second timeout or two. When there are five minutes left in an NBA game, it’s time to order a pizza.
No new technology is needed, though, to accentuate hockey’s best attribute: Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, traditionally the best Game 7 in sports. For the first time in three years, the NHL gives us the ultimate finale Friday night. At the end, we can only hope it’s close, that someone is pulling the goalie, that an empty net looms ominously at one end of the ice.
Best of all, the game won’t have to compete with the NBA, which plays tonight, meaning all those basketball fans won’t have to wonder what they missed.
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday that Francois Allaire has joined the team. As Goaltending Consultant, Allaire will work extensively with the goaltenders at all levels of the Maple Leafs’ organization.
“We consider Francois to be one of the best in the world at his craft,” said Burke. “He brings a tremendous amount of experience and I know that he will make an immediate impact with our goalies. I would like to thank the Anaheim organization for making Francois available to us.”
Allaire, 53, spent the past 13 seasons as Anaheim’s Goaltending Consultant which included the 2007 Stanley Cup championship team
The Dallas Stars have fired head coach Dave Tippett.
added 5:12pm, from TSN with the same link,
While no successor has been named, sources say the Stars have asked for permission to talk to former Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford. All signs point towards Crawford taking over for Tippet, however that remains unconfirmed at this point.
added 5:35pm, Dallas fans start to respond to firing and possible hire.
added 9:06pm,via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I’ve talked to new Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk and he has issued an official ``no comment.’‘
He said he is not ready to talk about anything at this time.
Because I have to confirm these things through direct sources, and because Dave Tippett is not returning phone calls, that’s all I can say at this time. I do not have official confirmation yet.
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