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from Sovsport (roughly translated below):
The 25-year-old forward of “Tampa” Nikita Alexeev has signed a contract with Kazan’s Ak Bars. In Alexeev’s last season, he played for “Chicago” and “Tampa”. On the Ak Bars, he will wear #81, informs the website of the Kazan club.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
Oren Koules showed up at a Los Angeles hockey league about 15 years ago saying he had come to Hollywood to make movies and play hockey. His hair hung down the back of his leather jacket. Player Mike Butters was unimpressed. He noted Koules had “all his Chiclets.” Could a guy with all his Chiclets really play?
Butters hadn’t noticed the dental bridge behind Koules’ lower lip. Koules had lost three Chiclets from a punch he took as a high school dropout trying to fight his way into the National Hockey League. He could play, all right.
Among the three men collectively bidding for ownership of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Oren Koules, 46, is the outsider, the unknown.
from the St. Petersburg Times,
It should make for a balanced leadership mix then, as St. Louis next season will wear an A on his jersey and join Lecavalier and Richards as alternate captains.
St. Louis’ first NHL letter comes as captain Tim Taylor prepares for hip surgery that could sideline him all season.
General manager Jay Feaster said Taylor will remain captain as he rehabs with the team and St. Louis gets public recognition for a strong leadership role that has been behind the scenes.
“This is a natural extension of the leadership in the room already,” Feaster said. “He’s a veteran who has delivered in the clutch on a consistent basis. And certainly, when Marty St. Louis speaks, he has the respect of the other guys in the room.”
from Lightning Strikes,
Ciccarelli said he wasn’t asked but sounded as if he wished he were. “I’m going to have to call Dougie and bust his chops about that,’’ said Ciccarelli, co-owner of the Sarnia Sting, a junior team. “I’d like to have heard what he had to say.’’
from the St. Petersburg Times,
As then-assistant general manager Jim Clark recalled of the September 2001 game, MacLean had pulled rank and demanded first-round draft choice Pascal Leclaire start in goal instead of a free agent the rest of the staff wanted to see.
“Before we can say a word,” Clark said of the 7-5 loss, “Doug goes by and says, ‘Shut your mouths. If we played the other guy it would have been 10-5.’”
That is MacLean. He gets in the first word, always wants the last, and gives you a few choice ones in between.
“There’s no honeymoon with Doug MacLean,” Clark said. “Every day, you play to win.”
from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,
A group of investors led by Doug MacLean and partner Jeff Sherrin will pay slightly more than $206-million (all figures U.S.) for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Globe and Mail has learned.
William Davidson, the current owner of the Lightning, was won over by the offer from Absolute Hockey Enterprises, the fact that the buyers are true hockey lovers with no intention of relocating and that the team would not be saddled with debt as a result of the deal, say sources familiar with the negotiations.
from James Mirtle at the NHL Fanhouse,
Already known as one of the most outrageous and outspoken people in hockey, the Tampa Bay Lightning head coach gave an almost surreal interview to Toronto radio station The Fan 590 yesterday in which he ripped the outgoing ownership regime of Bill Davidson, the 83-year-old billionaire owner of the Detroit Pistons.
From CP via Globe & Mail,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk got a surprise when he opened the newspaper Wednesday morning and read about the pending sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The team is one of his favourite organizations in the NHL and he wasn’t expecting an ownership change.
Melnyk says he’s not sure why some owners are deciding to get out of the hockey business.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “It’s very interesting. I think what’s happening is that people have gone through seven, eight, nine, 10 years of ownership. I don’t know whether age is a factor or whether they’ve moved or what personal issues they have and why they’re selling. Maybe it’s for the money. A lot of these teams were worth half of what they’re selling for four years ago. Some people might simply be cashing in.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
In his introductory news conference as Bolts co-owner, MacLean did not disappoint those who’ve become accustomed to his endless array of excuses why his teams have shown a remarkable ability to reek like dirty diapers year after year.
“I had the 28th (lowest) payroll in the league last year in Columbus,” MacLean said. “I didn’t like it.”
However, as intrepid Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline points out, the Blue Jackets actually had the 24th-lowest payroll in the league in 2006-07, were just $4 million under the salary cap, and three of the six teams that spent less qualified for the playoffs.
read on... and if you want to see the video of the “monkey” story Adam referrers to…
from the Tampa Tribune,
MacLean, who brings the most hockey experience to the new group, said the deal was unusual because his group is replacing a successful group.
The investment group reached a final agreement with Davidson on Friday during a conference call.
“We thought it was the ultimate compliment that Mr. Davidson took such care in wanting the team to be in the right hands,” Sherrin said. “I think our ownership group will be the only one to actually be in the trenches day to day.”
Irwin Kishner, a lawyer in the sports entertainment practice at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York, said the Lightning deal is remarkable because it was handled more quickly and quietly than many other major sports franchise sales he’s seen.
“This was really fast,” Kishner said. “I’ve never seen a deal in one of the majors happen this quickly “
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