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from Lightning Strikes,
In what apparently was a unanimous vote by the NHL’s board of governors, Oren Koules’ OK Hockey was approved as new owner of the Lightning.
From Dan Barnes at the Edmonton Journal,
The sale of the Oilers to Edmonton billionaire Daryl Katz has been approved by the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors.
A source said the approval was granted earlier this morning during the governors meeting in New York.
Rexall Sports, the Katz Group company that purchased the Oilers for $200 million from the Edmonton Investors Group, will now proceed to close the sale on or before June 30 by issuing cheques to the 34 EIG members.
from Chuck Gormley at the Sporting News,
If the Penguins secure Sidney Crosby, Hossa and Jordan Staal as their core forwards, they could spread the news that Malkin is available to the highest bidder. Malkin’s price tag has never been higher, and for the right draft pick/player package, general manager Ray Shero might consider a blockbuster for the talented Russian.
The Bruins, Canucks and Canadiens are among a dozen teams who would find a way to clear cap space for Malkin. ...
more trade scenarios…
Mike Brophy at The Hockey News once tried to interview Tom Barrasso:
“Who is this?”
“Mike Brophy from The Hockey News.”
“How did you get my phone number?”
“You gave it to me.”
“No I didn’t.”
“Yes you did.”
“I did not and I am going to spend the rest of my life trying to find out how you got it. Goodbye.”
My thoughts afterwards? What an ass!
And yet I sit here today thinking he should be in the Hall of Fame.
Nearly two years after launching a hybrid high-definition service blending content culled from Versus and Golf Channel, Comcast is prepping standalone HD feeds for both brands, along with a hi-def service for fans of its celebrity/lifestyle network, E!
The three HD simulcasts will go live in early December, a Comcast spokesperson confirmed.
From George Richards at On Frozen Pond in the Miami Herald,
Big news in Pantherland is that TSN is reporting that Olli Jokinen has “indicated” that he would like to be traded. If this is true, it’s a complete reversal from things I have heard from Camp Jokinen. If it’s true (and I don’t really doubt the validity of the report), I think Olli figured he was gone anyway, might as well make it look like he had some control over things.
It’s the old “you’re fired,” “you can’t fire me, I quit” scenario.
from Pierrre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitaille are all in their first year of eligibility in 2009. Yzerman and Hull are obviously total no-brainer selections and Leetch and Robitaille are pretty darn close to that.
All of which means players such as Doug Gilmour, Pavel Bure, Dino Ciccarelli, Adam Oates and Steve Larmer, just to name a few, will have to wait even longer for possible induction.
I can’t figure out why one of those players didn’t get the needed support from the committee to join Larionov and Anderson given what’s ahead next year.
Perhaps the selection committee is getting tired of hearing how “easy” it is to get into the Hall.
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
Cammalleri’s name is being thrown around a lot, and I don’t think anyone is surprised by that. From talking to people involved, I would say that if a trade happens with him, it will happen at or before the draft. It’s significantly less likely to happen after the draft. The Pitkanen rumors have been around. They have legs, as they say. The only problem with that is, they’ll had ``legs’’ for a while and there hasn’t been a trade. General rule…the longer something is out there, the less likely it is to get done….
—The Kings are still not interested in Ray Emery. That much I can say for certain.
more Kings talk…
from Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post,
Ryan Sittler walks into the Palm Beach Ice Zone on a recent rainy evening, ready to coach a group of youth hockey players who have no idea that he once-upon-a-time was destined for NHL stardom.
Asked to sit down in his office to recount his painful career as a hockey phenom, Sittler smiles sheepishly and leads his inquisitor to a small storage closet adjacent to the rink.
The parents know my story better than the kids,” Sittler says.
That story should have been the stuff of Hollywood scripts: Son of Darryl Sittler, the most famous captain in the history of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Drafted No. 7 overall in 1992 by the Philadelphia Flyers. Commands a $400,00 signing bonus. Reports to Flyers training camp in the best shape of his life, and ...
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
“We’re definitely moving in a direction that is going to be different,” Gillis said yesterday.
On the draft, Gillis said that size doesn’t matter to him, and that he is just as likely to choose a smaller player with more competitiveness than one with ideal height and bulk. He said that Everett Silvertips forward Kyle Beach, considered one of the boom-or-bust prospects this weekend, has been unfairly portrayed as a bad boy and that the Canucks plan to interview him for a second time before Friday’s first round.
Gillis also hinted that players from Russia, who may be difficult to lure to North America, probably won’t figure into Vancouver’s plans.
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