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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Regardless of how you feel about the Tampa Bay Lightning’s ownership issues, no matter if you believe Len Barrie or Oren Koules should have control of the team or if you think former owner Palace Sports & Entertainment should come back in the picture, you have to give commissioner Gary Bettman credit for at least pushing to get the situation resolved.
As we read in Sunday’s paper, Bettman has given Barrie a 60-day exclusive window to see if he can buy out Koules. If he fails, Koules gets a shot. If he fails, the league could find another buyer or former owner Palace Sports, which financed about $70 million of the $200 million purchase price and lent OK Hockey another $30 million in operating capital, could take the team back.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired goaltender Justin Pogge from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for a conditional selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
from Eric Stepephens at NHL.com,
Deep down in his heart, however, Crawford knew the television booth wasn’t where he belonged.
“I’ve been in the NHL a long time,” the newest coach of the Dallas Stars told NHL.com by phone. “I really missed not being involved with a team. I can remember one night specifically. It was Vancouver against Edmonton and Edmonton had lost 3-0. I watched Craig MacTavish behind the bench and I just thought, I even missed the miserable feeling of losing and knowing the dejection of not getting the job done.
“I looked at him and thought, ‘God, he’s dying a thousand deaths here.’ I wanted that feeling.”
As for the Hawks, maybe this is an opportunity to tone down some of the circus-is-coming publicity with which they have scorched the Chicago area. At times, it has been as over the top as a bearded lady. It only seems as if Kane and Jonathan Toews, the Hawks’ other young star, have made more public appearances than they have played hockey games.
The Hawks can’t try to sell themselves as one thing and then act another way in real life. How about this revolutionary thought: Just focus on winning.
-Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune. More on the Blackhawks from Rick…
from Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog,
And so what was arguably the most talented line to ever play the game is no more, at least in North America. All great hockey careers eventually come to an end, but it strikes me that the league, the hockey media and the fans could wave goodbye to these three guys with so little fanfare or celebration of their careers.
read on to find out what players Tom feels made up the most talented line…
Investigators will conduct a new probe into the death last October of Russian hockey star Alexei Cherepanov, an investigative committee spokesman said on Monday.
Cherepanov, considered one of Russian hockey’s most promising stars, collapsed and later died on October 13 after playing for the Omsk Avangard club at a match in the Moscow Region. He was 19.
“The file has been returned to investigators in the Omsk Region for additional checks,” Vladimir Markin said, adding that the investigation should include another look at the player’s myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle.
Cherepanov was found to have suffered from chronic myocarditis, which meant he should not have been playing sport.
The investigators earlier said the paramedics, who arrived 12 minutes after the emergency call and had a defibrillator with a low battery, had incorrectly pronounced his “natural death.”
from David Kaplan of Kap’s Corner at ChicagoNow,
How could Kane be this stupid? Everyday we hear stories of athletes getting in trouble and you would think that a young man with the world at his fingertips and a family that is looking out for him and is very involved in his life wouldn’t make a mistake like this. Then again, it is another lesson that can be used with our kids on the stupid decisions that people make and the consequences of their actions.
I have heard from many fans at the both the radio and TV stations that I work at who complain that Kane is rude and doesn’t sign autographs as much as some fans feel he should. I have heard from various sources in the NHL who seem to think that Kane’s success has gone to his head and that he is not as mature as he should be. Immaturity is one thing for a 20 year old but punching a cab driver at 5 am after he didn’t have 20 cents in change is entirely another.
Could Kane have possibly thought that no one would recognize him in his hometown?
added 8:28pm, from Mike Kiley of ChicagNow,
In some circles in Chicago Kane’s stock has just gone up. He will now be expected to actually hit another human being on skates next season. It may not be a full season, but Kane better be willing to match his new reputation and turn a deaf ear to all the opponents who will be teasing the hell out of him in a downgrading manner.
Dallas’ Sean Avery was suspended last season essentially for bad taste for making ugly sexual remarks about a former girlfriend. If it can be proven that Kane mugged a cabbie, commissioner Gary Bettman is going to have to flex his muscles and suspend him.
Bettman can’t allow the NFL and Roger Goodell to have all the fun. He has to whack Kane if allegedly can be proven absolutely.
added 8:38pm, Watch (below) an interview WIVB in Buffalo did with the cab driver…
via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Toronto will trade Justin Pogge to the Ducks on Monday for a draft pick. Leafs will also sign goalie, Joey MacDonald.
Buffalo Police Spokesperson Mike DeGeorge has confirmed to Eyewitness News that Chicago Blackhawk Player and Buffalo native Patrick Kane has been arrested over an alleged dispute over cab fare. He and another party were taken into custody early Sunday morning.
added 11:05am, from Aaron Besecker of the Buffalo News,
Chicago Blackhawk right winger and South Buffalo native Patrick Kane and a relative face robbery and other charges after allegedly assaulting a cab driver and failing to pay their fare after getting a ride from Chippewa Street early this morning.
added 2:10pm, You know it is big news when TMZ is now picking up the story.
added 8:45pm, More information available in a new KK post, including an interview with the cab driver.
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
The NHL apparently has decided the Lightning’s ownership situation is unsustainable and set up a process in which squabbling co-owners Len Barrie and Oren Koules can buy each other out.
Barrie has the first shot in an exclusive 60-day window that apparently runs out in mid to late September. If Barrie fails, Koules gets his chance.
Purchase price is not the only issue. The parties also must prove they can handle the substantial debt obligations to former owner Palace Sports & Entertainment.
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