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from Rich Hammond of the LA Daily News,
The owners of the Kings have talked with several parties, including the ownership group of the Boston Celtics, about buying a minority share of the hockey franchise, the Daily News has learned.
Sources indicated that no deal is imminent and that in any scenario, Anschutz Entertainment Group will not relinquish operating control of the Kings franchise, which it has owned since October 1995.
In a phone interview Thursday, Kings governor and AEG president Tim Leiweke confirmed that he has spoken to the ownership group of the Celtics, led by Wycliffe “Wyc” Grousbeck, about a “partnership.”
from Jessica Hopp of the Tennessean,
Sullivan was on the ice for workouts Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. He plans to be back skating today. He said most workouts contain significant breaks so he can remain on the ice as long as possible before succumbing to the exhaustion that comes from being out of skating shape.
“We are still testing how much I can take,” Sullivan said. “It’s more a fatigue factor than a pain factor.”
Still, there is no specific date set for his return to the Predators lineup. Training camp … November … next year … all were thrown out as possibilities for Sullivan, who is under contract with the Predators until the end of next season.
from Sport-Express (English version),
Despite this contract expires in a year, Alexander decided to swap more than successful career in NHL for a comeback to Russia.
“Salavat Yulaev has been trying to sign me for two years already”, said Radulov to Sport Express. “The club general manager Oleg Gross has been keeping in touch with my agent, so I was aware they wanted to see me wear their uniform.”
“Ufa team offered me a good contract and I decided to put my signature under the contract.”
“I had a brilliant season in Nashville, so I don’t see any reasons to regret that I didn’t move to Ufa last summer.”
added 10:50am, Puck Daddy has more on this…
from David Pollak at Working the Corners,
According to the G.M., he and (Ryane) Clowe sat down and talked about the future during the big left wing’s rehab period from that serious knee injury. The conversation took place before Clowe returned to action and at that time, they shook hands on a two-year deal at a mutually agreed-upon salary.
Wilson thought the handshake settled things, but apparently not. Which, of course, raises questions about what advice Clowe may now be getting from his agent. I tried to find that out today, but the agent, Paul Cobeil, chose not to comment — because “we don’t have a deal right now.”
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Brian Burke says he will abide by the NHL’s request to end his criticism of Kevin Lowe and the Edmonton Oilers, but the Anaheim Ducks general manager still had plenty to say Thursday.
In a careful, measured statement, Burke said he had no intention of defying the league but did address some of Lowe’s recent stinging comments about three of his players and his hockey market.
“There is no question in our mind or defiance about the league’s authority here,” Burke said in the statement first read to Ducks beat writers on a conference call and then posted on the NHL club’s website. “We accept their authority to stop this and we intend to stop it.
“However, several things were said last Friday that I believe need to be addressed.”
added 10:45pm, from Eric Stephens from the LA Times,
Any action taken against the Oilers isn’t likely. Bill Daly, the league’s No. 2 official, said there is no current investigation into Burke’s charge of “tampering” or the circumstances surrounding the Niedermayer signing.
Speaking generally, Daly said tampering penalties can range from moderate to very large fines and can include the loss of draft picks.
more on the topic…
from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Angelo Esposito isn’t from hockey’s famous Esposito family, but a couple of years ago he was making a name of his own.
Experts projected him as the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NHL entry draft. A Vancouver Sun story headlined “Is this one the Next One?” said Esposito was “being mentioned in the same breath as Sidney Crosby.”...
So what is he doing this week at a Thrashers player development camp, still probably at least a year away from taking the ice for an NHL team?
It’s a story about frustrated expectations, changing perceptions and a youngster who, at age 19, has been given a fresh start at defining who he is and the player he can become.
from the CP,
The Canucks signed the 33-year-old Slovakian to a two-year, US$8-million NHL contract Thursday. Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis said Demitra’s versatility is something the Canucks need.
“We saw a premium forward who could play all three forward positions,” said Gillis, who used to be Demitra’s agent. “He’s coming off a season that wasn’t his most productive but he has been a consistent point guy through his career.
“I felt as we were moving along here we wanted a player who could play multiple positions at forward. He seems like a proper fit. He wanted to play here.”
more on the Canucks and the action around the NHL today…
from the CP via the Sporting News,
“We played five good playoff games out of 13,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “That’s not acceptable. We decided to make some changes.”
Say hello Todd McLellan, Rob Blake, Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich.
“We’ve added four people and every one of them has won a Stanley Cup,” said Wilson.
The message couldn’t be any more clear than being slapped on the head with a two-by-four. Yes, the Sharks have a talented roster led by the likes of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo but the group needed a little push to get over the hump.
from AllHockey.ru (rough translation),
As it became known to web portal AllHockey. Ru from authentic sources, the Russian forward Alexander Radulov having the operating contract with “Nashville”, has agreed on the solid offer from the champion of Russia - “Salavat Yulaev” - and the following season will spend in club from Ufa.
On January, 9th, 2006 Radulov has signed the contract for 3 years with “Nashville”, and before its expiration there is a half a year. The given transition in “Salavat Yulaev” can become serious blow on NHL positions from outside new Russian league.
Take it however you wish…
added 6:10pm, from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,
News organizations across North America are playing today’s IIHF announcement that the NHL and KHL have agreed to honor each other’s player contracts as if it’s some kind of peace accord, but it sure doesn’t seem that way.
All the two leagues agreed to in Zurich today (Thursday) was to continue the de facto arrangement they made several weeks ago — an arrangement given teeth by IIHF president and International Olympic Committee member Rene Fasel when he said last month that any federation that violated an existing contract would be barred from the Olympics.
continued and Jeff is bang-on…
from Lightning Strikes, .
..Lawton, the Lightning’s new vice president of hockey operations, said if the season began today, he would not be happy with the state of Tampa Bay’s blue line.
“No, not yet,” he said. “We have some nice depth and some nice pieces I’m very happy about, but I still don’t think we’re there yet. We still have some work to do.”
more on Tampa Bay…
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