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from Ryan Rishaug at TSN,
There very well could be a change of ownership on the horizon for the Edmonton Oilers. Sources tell TSN that local billionaire Daryl Katz has submitted an offer to buy the franchise outright from the Edmonton Investors Group.
The exact dollar value of the offer is unknown, but this isn’t the first time Katz has taken a run at getting in. Earlier this year on 2 occasions he approached the board of directors with preliminary offers to buy shares in the team and both times he was steered aside. But apparently this time, Katz has bypassed the board of directors and gone straight to the shareholders with the offer to buy the whole thing.
added 6:41pm, from Dan Barnes at the Edmonton Journal,
It’s a month old and Oiler owners still consider it an informal bid, but
Edmonton billionaire Daryl Katz’s offer to purchase the team now stands at $150 million Cdn, an increase of $5 million on his original gambit.
The Edmonton Investors Group, which owns the National Hockey League franchise, have discussed Katz’s proposal but will not respond to it until they believe it constitutes a formal offer to purchase.
Geez, I leave the computer for an hour and have about 30 emails asking me about this from Dwayne…
According to a source, the Preds have entered into a letter of intent with a local group in Nashville to have the negotiation rights to buy the Preds…
Not true folks, could be down the road but not true at this time… One more things folks, you won’t find that written on his blog, because he deleted it. No, I can’t believe that…ha!
added 5:26pm, from the Tennessean,
The result of today’s meeting is that Nashville has the opportunity to move very quickly to retain the Predators and to do so under local ownership,” said David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital LLC and one of the coalition leaders.
“While we have not yet signed a purchase agreement, our discussions were very encouraging for Nashville if we can move quickly and decisively to ensure the club’s long-term financial stability.”
The Nashville Predators avoided salary arbitration with Vern Fiddler on Wednesday, signing the forward to a US$1.7-million, two-year contract.
The Inquiring Minds at Kukla’s Korner ask: Is it Bill Ranford?
That was Paul’s best guess based on these clues, and I’d have to agree.
Thieves in New Westminster made away with a bounty of valuable and distinct watches that belong to a retired NHL player.
Police say the player wishes to remain anonymous but is urging local pawn shops to look out for the sentimental items. These include a silver TAG watch with the inscription “Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler,” and a gold face watch with the Stanley Cup and Edmonton Oiler’s logo.
They also made away with a Chicago All-Stars watch, a pair of world Championship watches - one from 1993 and one from 1994-two NHL Players Association watches and a Canada Cup time piece.
The player’s name is not inscribed on any of the watches.
Whoever it is, it’s a terrible loss of some very treasured momentos.
added 7:26pm, from the Edmonton Journal,
Former Oilers goalie Bill Ranford was at a neighbourhood watch party when someone broke into his home and stole his collection of hockey watches.
Ranford, who lives in the posh Queen’s Park area of New Westminster, B.C., discovered the theft after the July 2 party.
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from the CP via TSN,
Eric Lindros is so concentrated on his work with the NHL Players’ Association these days that his actual NHL playing career has been put on hold.
As in, will he play again next season?
“Right now my focus is the ‘PA work,” Lindros told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. “I’m not really concerned about the rest of it. But the last couple of years have been pretty frustrating in terms of not getting through without being injury-free. .. It’s just frustrating.”
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
• Ryan Smyth will score 40-50 goals for the Avalanche IF he plays on a line with Paul Stastny, not Joe Sakic.
• Patrick Roy will be a coach in the NHL within two years.
• Dominik Hasek will spend part of much of the season on the injured list with Detroit.
• Sheldon Souray will be the biggest free-agent bust, for Edmonton.
• Milan Hejduk will NOT be traded anywhere.
much more, some Foppa talk too…
fromm Jim Lites, President of the Dallas Stars,
Over 15,000 people read the unfiltered letter that we sent out to the fans via e-mail. I’ve received over 750 response e-mails and we’d like to thank everyone for their feedback. I have been reading every one of them. We were very pleased to see that most of the responses (literally 95%) supported the team and our decisions thus far in the free agent market and trusts that we will do a good job in putting a quality product on the ice once again in 2007-08.
Most of the e-mails voiced appreciation for sending the letter, thanking us for staying connected to our fans and letting everyone know where we stand. Our policy has always been to keep an open line of communication with our fans and that will continue.
continued... and you have to give the Stars credit for addressing this issue with their fans…
The Washington Capitals have signed right wing and team captain Chris Clark to a three-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Chris is a consummate professional and a terrific leader,” said vice president and general manager George McPhee. “He has been an integral part of our team’s growth in the past two seasons, both on and off the ice. We are excited that he will be a Washington Capital for many years to come.”
more on the signing at the Caps site…
Long-time Washington Times hockey writer Dave Fay has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dave recently was named winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award for his years of service covering the Capitals since their infancy.
The Hockey Hall of Fame will honor Fay’s memory with the official presentation of the Ferguson award to Fay’s family in November.
“He was one of the most beloved characters in our association,” said Professional Hockey Writers Association president Kevin Allen. “He was the loveable curmudgeon, an old-school reporter who played the journalism game with his elbows up. He had a biting humor that has entertained his colleagues for many, many years. We have lost a hockey institution.”
You can read more about Dave from this press release from the Hockey Hall of Fame (scroll down).
added 9:25pm, Nice write up on Dave at the Caps website...
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