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Brooks: Devils will find a new owner soon

The New York Post's Larry Brooks discusses John Tortorella's "new start" in Vancouver, the New York Islanders' struggles to reach the salary cap floor and some Rangers-related issues in his Sunday Slap Shots column, and he reports that the team that will host the draft today, the New Jersey Devils, shouldn't expect teams to thank Jeffrey Vanderbeek for his hospitality:

So the Devils will have new ownership within the foreseeable future, news first broken two weeks ago by our colleague on The Post’s business pages, Josh Kosman, who exposed the franchise’s financial woes.

Following Friday’s report by Forbes that the Jeff Vanderbeek ownership had such serious cash-flow problems that it missed or was late with payments that required league intervention to remedy, Slap Shots has confirmed that it took several weeks for a number of players to receive their final payroll checks of the season.

The NHLPA, rather than file default claims that could have resulted in the unidentified players becoming free agents, worked with the NHL to give all parties time to deal with the issue.

Continued with the aforementioned topics...

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