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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Like stories of UFO sightings and Wilt Chamberlain’s love life, it’s hard to know where the truth ends and fiction begins with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
If you believe half the things you hear around the hockey world, you’d be convinced the ownership group led by Oren Koules and Len Barrie is holding its operation together with food stamps and returns from empties.
You’d also believe the franchise will revert to original owner William Davidson at the end of this season, that the house of cards Koules and Barrie have constructed will collapse and the NHL will be left with yet another public embarrassment.
That, at least, is the big story. But the other intrigues surrounding the Bolts are just as entertaining. There are the ongoing rumours concerning franchise icon Vinny Lecavalier. There are stories about financing and payrolls and papered houses and Barrie’s personal finances and Lightning employees being charged for parking—all of which creates the impression that this isn’t an NHL franchise so much as it’s the reincarnation of a WHA franchise.
Brendan Witt of the Islanders received 5 minutes for an elbow plus a 10 and game misconduct for the hit on Niklas Hagman of the Leafs.
Hagman did not return to the game which was won by Toronto 5-4 in a shootout.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We sought out Bryon Baltimore, the elusive agent of Jay Bouwmeester, who, like his client, keeps a low profile and stays out of the media spotlight. But he was kind enough to chat with ESPN.com before rushing off to the airport and heading back to Edmonton.
“I can’t say that it’s that interesting a week in the sense that Jay’s focus in on the playoff run and helping the Panthers get there,” said Baltimore. “That’s been his focus all year.”
The Panthers have been unable to get Bouwmeester, a pending unrestricted free agent July 1, to agree to a contract extension and that’s why they are contemplating moving him next week if the deal is right.
“We’ve had ongoing dialogue and whatnot,” Baltimore said of contract talks with the Panthers. “I’ve always treated the business end of it and the negotiating end of it as confidential, so I can’t say that we have not spoken, but I have to leave it at that.”
read on and other NHL topics discussed…
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Obviously, it’s going to be a fun week to see how all this trade-deadline stuff shakes out around the league. If you’re really looking for credible information, posted by writers who use their actual names and do reporting by talking to actual people, any of the blogs linked on the right side of the page are good resources.
I’d like to point out two more, for those who might not be aware of them. Greg Wyshynski posts news, and a lot of really entertaining features, at his Puck Daddy blog on Yahoo. Paul Kukla does a fantastic job, at Kukla’s Korner, of posting the latest news and actually attributing it to sources. What a concept!
No payola involved. Those are just two sites I happen to enjoy visiting. Feel free to post others that you think do a good job.
Very nice of you to include KK! I also want to point out Alanah does a great job helping out and I would be lost without her.
Now Rich is asking (use the above link) for other sites that you think would be worthy of a mention, so let him know and I will be following it and keep KK readers updated.
from James Murphy of NHL Lowdown at NESN,
Sources are telling Murphy’s Law that the Ducks are very much leaning towards dealing away Pronger and that the Bruins are indeed in the mix. In fact, one source claimed it was down to Boston and a mystery team this source could not reveal. Bruins forward Phil Kessel is apparently the coveted centerpiece of a return from Boston if they were to acquire Pronger. There would also be a top prospect, and first or second round pick in this June’s NHL Entry Draft.
more on the Bruins and Ducks…
from Carrie Watters and Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,
Glendale leaders blasted a Canadian news report that the city agreed to give the Phoenix Coyotes a $15 million break on an agreement with the city.
The Canadian story, online on Sportsnet, said an unnamed source said that the National Hockey league and Glendale “have come to terms on an agreement that will see Glendale concede at least $15 million per year to the Coyotes toward a new lease deal.”
One day after the story was published, Glendale officials vehemently denied the story, saying “the statement about a $15 million concession is completely inaccurate.”
On the same day winger Steve Begin was traded, sources say Montreal Canadiens defenseman Mathieu Dandeneault may be the next to go.
The 33-year-old has politely informed Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey he would like to be moved and according to source, Gainey has agreed to help him out.
Steve Bégin was traded to the Dallas Stars on Thursday afternoon.
Update 4:49pm ET: From the Dallas News, Mike Heika further clarifies that the trade moves D Doug Janik the other way in the deal.
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have activated forward Fernando Pisani from the NHL Injured Reserve List.
Pisani was placed on the NHL Injured Reserve List on November 18th after suffering a fractured left ankle in the Oilers game against the Detroit Red Wins at Joe Louis Arena on November 17th
From Ira Kaufman at The Tampa Tribune:
The Tampa Bay Lightning are slashing season-ticket prices by an average of 10 percent for next season, with almost 4,000 seats available at the St. Pete Times Forum for only $239.
Almost 1,300 upper-level seats have been reclassified to be included in the $239 season-ticket package that averages out to $5.69, plus tax, per game. Nearly 20 percent of the arena’s seats will feature that $239 designation and half-season packages in the same area will cost $149.
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