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From Neil Best at Newsday.com:
The Sports Business Journal reported this morning that the NHL is taking legal action against the Rangers that could result in an attempt to take ownership of the franchise away from MSG.
No, really. Or so it says here:
“The NHL has proposed disciplinary proceedings against MSG that could result in the suspension or termination of their ownership of the NHL Rangers, according to a draft letter written by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that was filed in New York district court late yesterday. The letter, part of the league’s ongoing legal fight against MSG, alleges that MSG – by suing the NHL – has violated the league constitution.”
Update 12:29pm ET: The complete text of the SBJ story has been reprinted at the Sporting News today.
Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the NHL (below)
Update 2:39pm ET: Eric Duhatschek in the Globe & Mail’s hockey blog:
The war between the Rangers and the NHL started over who controls the rights to new media and the potentially lucrative revenue streams that it produces now and down the road. Three times, the Rangers’ lawsuits have gone to court; three times the NHL won its case. Instead of understanding the old maxim that three strikes and you’re out, the Rangers have challenged the NHL on an anti-trust basis – essentially arguing that everything the league does is unlawful.
In effect, Wednesday’s filing by the NHL is a counter-attack – what a source with knowledge of the situation described as “trying to put the Rangers at risk” after failing to abide by previous court rulings. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, passing through the lobby of a downtown hotel, declined comment. However, sources said the league was asking the court for permission to fine, suspend or in a worst-case scenario, forfeit the franchise, if it MSG persists in its action.
Update 3:45pm ET: NYR respond to the lawsuit. (noted below)
from On the Forecheck,
While Poile’s patience has been a major asset to Nashville in building up this surfeit of defensive talent, the time has come to reap the benefit and deal from a position of strength. Letting opportunity pass will only turn this organizational depth into a bottleneck, and threaten the development of young prospects going forward. There are certainly worse problems an NHL general manager can have, but that doesn’t detract from the urgency of the situation.
more with a wish list…
from James Gordon at Hockey Capital,
Only one day until the NHL draft is held in Ottawa and the trade talk is heating up. since the potential for big deals is one of the most entertaining parts of the day, I thought I’d scour the ‘Net for speculation over who is headed where. Come back after draft day and see if anyone was right!
Not too much out there the last few days, though the Atlanta Journal-Constitution predicts this will be the most important offseason in the team’s 10-year history. Star forward Ilya Kovalchuk becomes an unrestricted free agent in two years and his agent has served notice to the team: “Ilya wants to win.”
from the Beaver County Times,
Now embarking on his second season as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ director of hockey administration, (Jason) Botterill hardly qualifies as dumb. C’mon, the guy has a master’s degree in business. And though he may have been a jock in his younger days — he did have an outstanding amateur hockey career — Botterill is taking more enlightened pursuits these days.
His job duties include monitoring the NHL’s salary cap, financial forecasting, performing contract research and working on salary arbitration cases.
But make no mistake, given his druthers, Botterill would still like to be on the ice instead of the front office. It just didn’t work out that way.
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
The Blues will likely target a backup goalie with NHL experience. Recent trade rumors had them linked with Ottawa goalie Ray Emery and Nashville’s Dan Ellis, so a draft-day deal could be a possibility.
“I think a lot of that will develop once free agency hits,” Davidson said. “You can go and make a trade and get somebody here, that means you’re giving up an asset.
“Or you can see what’s there July 1, and see if you can make a deal.”
Davidson said the ideal candidate would get 20 to 25 games, with Legace handling the bulk of the workload.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
The farther one goes along with this Collective Bargaining Agreement now in place in the NHL, the more bizarre are the experiences that keep arising….
The first is the case of Evgeni Malkin, who gave the Pens and their fans a lift of hope when he announced—much to his agent J. P. Barry’s chagrin—that he doesn’t need to be paid any more than Sidney Crosby on a five-year deal.
After Barry got through rending his garments at his client’s honesty, he thought about the opportunities staying in Pittsburgh might afford the young Russian in terms of competing for championships and came to the conclusion that as long as they limit the term to five years or the loss of just one year of unrestricted free agency, a deal near Crosby’s $8.7 million per season might be acceptable.
read on plus Jeff Carter talk…
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Brian Rolston made one thing crystal clear Wednesday night: While the three-time Wild 30-goal scorer still thinks he can get a deal done to finish his career in Minnesota, Rolston is not going to give the Wild a hometown discount because he wants to play in Minnesota.
“They made me a decent offer [Friday], but we’re not there yet,” Rolston, 35, said in a phone interview. “I’m looking for my market value. What is my market value? I don’t want to state it, but I think we have a good understanding of what it is.
from Lightning Strikes,
And superstar Vinny Lecavalier was thrilled his good friend and linemate with whom he has had so much success has a chance to be back on the MVP line with him and Marty St. Louis. And that is probably most important.
The Lightning has said since February it wants to sign Lecavalier to an extension. That rhetoric was turned up earlier this month when Lecavalier’s agent, Kent Hughes, said he believes the organization is shooting to keep Lecavalier on the team for his entire career. Not that Prospal, 33, will be around that long, but getting Prospal sends a definite message to Lecavalier that the organization cares what he thinks.
via Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Feaster would not confirm the various two-month-old reports that Barry Melrose will be installed as the Lightning’s new bench boss, but did admit the new coach will be hired by the new ownership group.
“It’s not my search. I think that the owners have some real ideas in where they want to go,” said Feaster, who jokingly added, “one of the reasons I showed up [at the coach’s dinner last night] was to see who sits down, so I can find out who is my new coach.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
So here’s how Cliff Fletcher proves he’s not yesterday’s man.
For the Maple Leaf general manager – let’s drop the interim tag, shall we? – to demonstrate he has a true sense of vision beyond finding a way just to get the club back into the playoffs, he needs to do something other than contradicting himself and hiring old friends.
So how about coming away from this weekend’s draft in Ottawa with not one, but two quality first-round picks?
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