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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The Montreal Canadiens and the Bell Centre are up for sale and 10 potential buyers have signed confidentiality agreements with the Bank of Montreal to get a look at the franchise’s books, CBC-TV reported Tuesday.
The potential buyers identified by the public broadcaster include the province’s pension-fund manager, the Caisse de depot et placement; Guy Laliberte, owner of Cirque du soleil; and Les Productions Feeling, which is run by Rene Angelil, husband and manager of pop superstar Celine Dion.
from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,
Let’s take a look at NHL teams that really need to start over, and other teams that have finally started to make their ascent up that long hill to respectability.
Teams that need to start over:
Toronto: How much longer will it be before the Toronto brass realizes that you build a successful team from the goaltender out? The goaltending situation in Toronto is murky and the defense is its usual leaky set of castoffs and wannabes. It would take an offense on a par with the 1985 Edmonton Oilers to overcome the problems the Leafs have created for themselves….
Ottawa: Once the cream of the Eastern Conference, the Senators have ridden their three horses to the point of exhaustion, not to mention unrelenting frustration. Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza are all very good players, but the mix obviously isn’t working.
from John Hahn of DetroitRedWings.com,
The Red Wings announced today that they will begin offering season ticket holders a new noncredit-based payment option from eLayawaySPORTS when paying for their 2009-10 season tickets.
The Red Wings are the first NHL team, and only the third professional sports franchise, to offer the plan, which allows consumers to pay for season tickets over time with zero interest.
“A partnership with eLayawaySPORTS fits perfectly with the needs of our season ticket holders in these difficult economic times,” said Steve Violetta, Red Wings senior vice president of business affairs. “One of our goals is to make it as convenient as possible for all fans to enjoy the benefits of being a Red Wings’ season ticket holder and we’re very excited to be the first NHL club to offer this new customized payment option to our fans.”
via the Mercury News,
Sharks forwards Mike Grier and Claude Lemieux are returning to the lineup just in time for the Sharks’ final push for the Presidents’ Trophy.
Both forwards have been out since March 3 and missed 17 games. San Jose entered Tuesday night’s game at Colorado with a three-point lead on Boston for the NHL’s best record.
Grier was out with a knee injury, while the 43-year-old Lemieux had an upper-body injury.
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Six and a half minutes of the best saves, goals and hit from the past week in the NHL.
from Brad Holland of NHL.com,
Alex Ovechkin, Blake Wheeler, T.J. Oshie, Niklas Hagman and Johan Franzen have combined to score 143 goals this season. But, one of those goals will stand out among the rest.
That goal, decided by your votes, will be the Fans’ Choice Goal of the Season. So get ready to cast your ballots.
continued and a link is available there to watch and vote on the Goal of the Season.
from the New York Islanders,
The Islanders have signed center Doug Weight to a one-year contract extension. In his first season with the Islanders, Weight is third on the team in scoring with nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points despite missing 29 games due to injury.
Weight originally signed with the Islanders as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2008. The contract runs through the 2009-10 season.
“Long Island has been a wonderful place for me and my family,” Weight said. “It was an easy decision to come back for another season. The Islanders have been a first-class organization and I’m looking forward to helping our team continue its development into a contender.”
The National Hockey League Draft Drawing, to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the first round of the 2009 Entry Draft, will take place on Tuesday, April 14th. The result of the Draft Drawing, and the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2009 Entry Draft, will be announced at 8:00 pm, Eastern Time on on TSN (Canada) and Versus (U.S.) as part of a 30-minute live Draft special from TSN’s studios in Toronto, which will also be streamed live on NHL.com.
from Bruce Dowbiggin at the Calgary Herald,
To the consternation of Vancouver management and fans, their best player simply hasn’t stepped up as advertised. Luongo’s erratic play largely escaped criticism while the Canucks’ forwards and defenceman were red-hot in their 20-5-1 streak. The whiffs and bobbles were written off to rust from the extended six-week stay Luongo spent on the injury list. Give ‘im time, they said.
Well, time has passed, but with the club slumping to three straight losses as they head into tonight’s showdown with Calgary at GM Place, followers of the Canucks are coming to the uncomfortable conclusion that Vancouver may have to win in spite of their highly paid goalie. Holy Stan Smyl, could it happen at a worse time for fans of the Orcas? (Or a better time for Flames’ fans?)
Radio talk shows in this city are buzzing with complaints about their one-time hero. Luongo is being roasted for not committing to the Canucks past the end of his contract in 2010 and getting too big for his hockey britches for taking the captaincy. A loss against the Flames and he’ll likely be pilloried for starting the subprime mortgage mess.
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