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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In a day of returning phone calls to his dozens of friends and associates on press row – after all, Brian Burke did a stint as an analyst for TSN during the NHL lockout – the most interesting piece of information that he shared was the fact that the Anaheim Ducks would circulate a letter, in one week’s time, permitting him to seek employment elsewhere in the league….
The Ducks did Burke a big favor by delaying, for one week, his pending free agency. In effect, it gives all the potential suitors for his services – the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins, the New York Rangers and maybe one or two others as well – seven days to prepare their offers.
added 9:04pm, from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,
Sometimes two and two do make four, and sometimes rumor becomes real. But Burke knows he’ll be trading low-voltage comfort for a 24/7 fishbowl in Toronto.
He also knows what lies ahead for the man who brings Toronto a Cup. Do they have knighthood in Canada?
“They’d be naming schools after the guy who wins there,” Burke once said.
They ought to name the upper rows of Honda Center seats after Burke. Thanks to him, and his wide-angle perspective, people actually sit there.
from the CP,
The San Jose Sharks have been tearing their way through the NHL so far this season.
And while the success has been partly due to strong performances from usual suspects like Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Evgeni Nabokov, it’s hard to ignore the contributions of Devin Setoguchi.
He bounced between San Jose and the team’s AHL affiliate in Worcester last season, but has found some serious stability early in his second year as a pro. Setoguchi is currently playing on the Sharks top line with Thornton and Marleau.
“I got a chance of a lifetime to play with two of the best players in the NHL,” he said Wednesday. “I’m just trying to make the best of it right now.”
from Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press,
Gaborik never even got close to the real practice.
Later, during our ghostly meeting, Gaborik noted: “I skated for a little while today.”
Anyway, he doesn’t sound like a man who is going to be playing hockey any time soon. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking. Gaborik can’t be traded until he shows he is healthy. And he really can’t be signed to a mega-contract until he shows he is healthy. Would you give him more than $82 million right now? I asked him if this was the worst time of his life.
“I’ve had worse,” he muttered.
I didn’t have the heart to ask him what those were. But at least he’s alive.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Here we are, still two weeks away from American Thanksgiving, and the Florida Panthers are done like dinner.
Every game from here on in will be spent in the role of spoiler. That seven-year streak of missing the playoffs will stretch to eight.
These clawless Cats aren’t playing with the string. They’re playing it out.
You think the housing market is tanking? Imagine the demand for Panthers tickets the rest of the way.
A press release from the Anaheim Ducks,
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Bob Murray Executive Vice President and General Manager. At the same time, Brian Burke has been named Special Consultant to Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman.
“Brian respectfully declined our contract extension offer last week,” said Schulman. “With his support, we decided to make the transition at this time in the best interest of the organization. Brian and I have been discussing his future with the Ducks for some time. Once he decided last week not to extend his contract, I decided Bob was the obvious successor and Brian agreed.
Ottawa Senators forward Jarkko Ruutu has been suspended two games, without pay by the NHL.
The NHL had a disciplinary hearing for Ruutu on Wednesday morning. The incident in question occurred during the third period of Tuesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Ruutu delivered an elbow to the head of Maxim Lapierre.
Lapierre did not appear to suffer any injury on the play and Ruutu was assessed a two-minute minor for charging, but the infraction did violate at least two tenets of the NHL’s policy on hits to the head.
From the CP via the London Free Press:
Police are telling pawnshop owners to be on the lookout for a pair of NHL Stanley Cup rings after a massive jewelry heist at a Toronto mansion owned by the Bronfman family.
Two Montreal Canadiens rings went missing along with more than 50 pieces of jewelry after a break-in Saturday night at the home in the tony Forest Hill neighbourhood.
The Habs jewelry dates back to the 1970s, when the team was owned by the Bronfman family. One ring commemorates the team’s 1973-74 Stanley Cup victory, while the other is from the 1975-76 championship.
*photo from CTV Toronto
By way of TSN‘s text message breaking news updates, I just received this message:
“Brian Burke is out as the GM of the Anaheim Ducks. Bob Murray is taking over.”
TSN has that much info up on their site now as well. Updates to follow shortly. News conference scheduled for this afternoon.
Update 2:24pm ET: From the Toronto Star, this comment—
The Star’s Damien Cox reports that Burke will stay on as a consultant with the Ducks until the end of this season.
Update 2:40pm ET: More added to the TSN story—
Sources say Burke will, in this advisory capacity, have the ability to freely negotiate future employment opportunities as a GM in the NHL.
That would pave the way for Burke to be hired as president and GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the days, weeks or months ahead, if the Leafs and Burke so desire. And there is strong reason to believe that is precisely what will happen.
Update 4:05pm ET: Press release from the Ducks available here.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail,
Brandon Sutter is ready to return to the Carolina Hurricanes.
The rookie forward was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday after missing the past eight games with a concussion.
He suffered the injury on Oct. 25 when Islanders forward Doug Weight caught him with his head down while skating through the neutral zone — a legal hit that renewed the debate about headshots in the NHL.
from the Vancouver Sun,
There was an elephant in the Vancouver Canuck dressing room Tuesday that Roberto Luongo’s teammates were doing their best to tip-toe around.
“I think it is probably in the back of everyone’s mind now because you guys are bringing a little attention to it,” said defenceman Willie Mitchell.
“You don’t want to jinx him, eh,” added Canuck winger Alex Burrows. “So you don’t really want to talk about it.”
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