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How long do you think the NHL lockout will last?
“For some reason, they’re still refusing to talk about the serious problems, but instead talk about some borderline issues. The main thing is that all the guys have now shown the team owners that they can go and play somewhere, do their favorite thing and not just stay home. If you stay home then you can start getting depressed and clearly the team owners are hoping for that, but I think that this time things will be a little different.”
How would you feel about playing a full season in the KHL?
“I really don’t care, the main thing for me is hockey. I really like it here and if there isn’t a season there, then I’d be delighted to play it out here and try to do it as well as possible.”
Why haven’t stars like Sidney Crosby or Steve Stamkos come to the KHL?
“Maybe they’re a bit worried and hesitant about coming to Russia, but it’s a personal thing. If the lockout lasts a year then I think we’ll see a few more people in the KHL.”
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from David Giambusso and Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Three days after a widely reported deadline to pay back an $80 million loan, Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek has yet to close a deal with his angel investors.
But the former Lehman Brothers executive still has control of the team that made a lucrative and unlikely run to the Stanley Cup championship in June.
And while neither the Devils nor the NHL would confirm a New York Post report Thursday of an imminent two-year financing deal, the team now finds itself staring at a new complication: a possible league-wide lockout.
On Tuesday, the same day the Devils signed their top draft choice, Stefan Matteau, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman ratcheted up the rhetoric, telling reporters: “The sides are far apart and have different views of the world.”
For the Devils, a lockout could further complicate Vanderbeek’s high-wire act as he tries to maintain control of a team he bought and moved to a new arena in Newark five years ago.
from Stu Hackel of The Red Light,
You’ve got to hand it to Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek. The man has the escape ability of Houdini. Although Tuesday’s deadline for him to pay his creditors $77 million has come and gone and he does not have all the money that he had agreed to pay them, it appears he’ll keep control of his team, get more time to refinance his club and seek new partners.
Now, if you or I owe money to someone, chances are we don’t get to slide as easily. But you and I are not Jeff Vanderbeek and when you owe a massive amount of money, allowances are made. That’s one advantage of being wealthy, or at least understanding how to manage wealth, in our society. Those to whom Vanderbeek is indebted recognize that if they declared him in default and set the wheels in motion to force him into bankruptcy, they might end up with lots of pennies instead of lots of dollars. Giving him more time — as much as two more years according to reports — to either raise the needed funds or sell the team and pay off what he owes means that they stand a better chance of recovering their cash. We should all be so lucky.
Every time we’ve read an account of Vanderbeek’s perils, included in the story is some variation on the phrase, “Don’t underestimate Jeff Vanderbeek; don’t count him out.” Clearly that is true. The man is dogged, resourceful and, ultimately, successful. When it comes to those qualities, the Devils have a good role model in the owner’s suite.
from Josh Kosman of the NY Post,
After trying for months to raise enough cash to pay off overdue loans, New Jersey Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek is still short of his goal — with just a week to go, The Post has learned.
The former Wall Street executive needs another $20 million to make the lenders happy, sources close to the situation said.
Angry creditors are poised to pounce on Aug. 14, these sources said.
Failure to come up with the funds could result in Vanderbeek losing control of the team.
“He had worked out a deal to raise a certain amount and has not been able to do that,” a source said.
Vanderbeek is working — negotiating with the lenders and the National Hockey League — to remain at the head of the NHL’s Eastern Division champs should he not raise the needed money.
via the New Jersey Devils,
Devils forward Cam Janssen has released the following statement:
“Earlier this week, I participated in an internet-based radio show in which I used some poor judgment which I now regret. The New Jersey Devils were unaware of this interview, which I arranged myself.
“I would like to apologize for my poor choice of language. The tone of the interview was very casual and off-color, and I lost focus on what is and is not acceptable and professional. I am deeply sorry to anyone who was offended by my language. Moving forward, I hope to eliminate that type of language from my vocabulary. I would also like to take this chance to express my support for the work the You Can Play project is doing, and for the gay community in general.
“I apologize for the embarrassment my comments have caused to the New Jersey Devils management, as well as my teammates.”
If interested in what was said, check out Puck Daddy.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post, Not since Kirk Muller, nearly 21 years ago, has a Devils captain departed New Jersey without a Stanley Cup ring, whether won before, during or after his term of office.
By signing with the Wild on Wednesday, Zach Parise has broken that lineage of Bruce Driver (after), Scott Stevens (during), Scott Niedermayer, Patrik Elias and Jamie Langenbrunner (before).
Yet, Parise said he doesn’t feel he left things undone in New Jersey when he went home to Minnesota for 13 years and $98 million.
“I’d hate to say unfinished business. I don’t want to downplay what we did this season. We went from missing the playoffs and three first-round exits to the Stanley Cup Finals,” Parise told The Post Friday.
“We got close, very close. We all played as hard as we could. Only one team wins each year, and we gave ourselves a great chance.”
from Andrew Gross at Fire & Ice,
Krys Barch, 31, a physical 6-foot-1, 222-pound right wing who split last season with the Stars and the Panthers, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Devils today, his California-based agent, Scott Norton, has confirmed.
Do not have his salary cap hit yet. Last season, Barch carried a cap hit of $837,500.
Norton said he talked to “a lot of teams” about Barch, who had two goals, three assists and 114 penalty minutes in 51 games last season, and Barch chose the Devils after getting “down to about five or six teams.”
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
“There’s no question we’re disappointed. It’s a very unfortunate thing when you have a player of his stature that’s come right through the ranks and then, at this given time, a decision is made to go elsewhere,” Lamoriello said today. “You just go forward.”
Lamoriello said the Devils’ offer was competitive to the 13-year, $98 million offer Parise accepted.
“Yes, our offer was competitive. We did not, at any time, have a phone call that we needed to change it or that it had to go up. It was competitive,” the GM said. “There was never a talk about money after our initial meeting in Toronto, where we made our offer. The response was the money we offered would not be the issue.
“We did not get a return call saying the number had to go up. The decision, from what Zach told me, was based upon going home and playing with someone he grew up with. Going home was the real focus. The conversation that he and I had had nothing to do with money or a last offer. It was about his days here with the Devils and some personal comments.”
from Dave Stubbs of Hockey Inside/Out,
For nearly an hour on Sunday from his home in Florida, Canadiens Hall of Famer Larry Robinson spoke to Hockey Inside/Out’s Dave Stubbs about his latest brush with a coaching position with his former team. Robinson took the high road, but there’s no question he would have enjoyed the chance to work with some of the Habs’ young blue line prospects.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin rounded out his club’s coaching staff last week, naming former Habs defenceman Jean-Jacques Daigneault as the second bench assistant for head coach Michel Therrien. Daigneault joins Gerard Gallant, with Clément Jodoin contributing perspective from the press gallery and Pierre Groulx continuing his work as goaltending coach.
There had been considerable talk in the Canadiens universe since Bergevin’s May 2 hiring that Robinson, at that time an assistant coach for the New Jersey Devils, would be an ideal choice to nurture a young Montreal defence corps.
Ultimately, the composition of the coaching staff was left up to Therrien, and last Friday he decided on Daigneault as the final member of his staff.
There is no bitterness in Robinson, who a few times in the past half-dozen years has been in a contractual position to return to the Canadiens in a coaching capacity.
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