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from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
One thing is clear: Burke is making Lowe sweat. He’s taking the full week to decide.
But both these guys are going through a case of Tums and another of Mennen Speed Stick. Most likely, Lowe is the cooler customer right now. He’s in the proverbial catbird seat, and his biggest concern is how Penner’s five-year, $21.25 million offer will affect his team’s future salary situation….
I say no, Burke won’t match. I say yes, Lowe will get his man and have to live with the consequences.
Key to Burke’s decision, in addition to sticking to his guns on the Ducks’ salary structure, is a need for draft picks. Getting the Oilers’ first-, second- and third-round picks next June will be a benefit for the team’s development. And you can bet Burke will be hoping Lowe’s Oilers fall flat on their faces to increase the value of those picks.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
A source close to the negotiations told ESPN.com that Leipold wants to remain in the NHL and that plans are in the works for him to step into an ownership role with the Minnesota Wild after cutting ties with the Preds and when current Wild owner Robert O. Naegele Jr. decides to step away from the business.
Both Leipold and Naegele declined to speak to ESPN.com about their future plans and Leipold did not respond to a specific e-mail query about his plans with the Wild.
Fair enough. But if such a plan is in the works, it would go a long way in explaining Leipold’s reticence to do anything to tick off Bettman, who continues to rule the board of governors with an iron fist, threatening millions of dollars in fines if team officials speak on the record about the ownership debacle unfolding in Nashville.
from Canadian Business Online,
Canadian Business Online put the NHL to the test to find the players who offer the best mix of high performance and low cost. These are the best value players. They’re not necessarily the hockey elite, but they get the job done at the best price. It’s the dream team for bean counters — and cash-strapped owners.
And for those who want a peek at the worst of the worst, we’ve also assembled what would be a dream team only in Seinfeld’s “bizarro world” — players who cost a lot but don’t do much on the ice.
check out this very interactive site and thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up.
from the Nashville Predators,
The sale price for the franchise is $193 million. The sale must be approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors. The anticipated closing date for the transaction is no later than September 30, 2007.
“I am thrilled that David Freeman and his local group have joined up with Boots Del Biaggio and come together to purchase the Predators,” Leipold said. “My hope is that their commitment to Nashville will be reciprocated in the form of business and individual support on an ongoing basis to make this franchise successful for the long-term. This is a great day for Predators fans, players and staff!”
added 8:46pm, from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
In the wake of Wednesday’s announcement that a group of Nashville businessmen had signed a binding letter of intent to purchase the Predators, we can’t help but feel that unless these owners find a similarly empowered budgie or parakeet to plant a similar smacker of life on the team, they will be nothing more than caretakers of a team doomed to exist on life support until the moving trucks back up to the arena doors.
Despite all the back-slapping and toasts toward a long future in Nashville that accompanied the announcement, the future of the team is far from secure.
from the New Jersey Devils,
The Devils announced today that forward Zach Parise has been re-signed to a new multi-year contract. No further terms of the deal were disclosed.
added 4:59pm, via Fire & Ice,
Restricted free agent left wing Zach Parise signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract to remain with the Devils today.
from the Kansas City Star,
A Nashville group planning to sign a letter of intent to buy the Nashville Predators today is expected to include William “Boots” Del Biaggio, who also has a contract to own an NHL team for Kansas City’s Sprint Center.
Del Biaggio could not be reached for comment today, but was in Nashville for the announcement.
The Predators have a long-term lease with the Sommet Center in Nashville, but they must average 14,000 fans per game this season or the lease could be voided.
By being part of the Nashville ownership, Del Biaggio—who has been a minority partner in the San Jose Sharks—would boost his profile and status in the NHL and give him leverage to move the club to Kansas City.
An arbitrator has awarded New York Rangers centre Sean Avery a $1.9-million salary for next season.
Avery, 27, was seeking $2.6-million in arbitration after scoring 48 points in 84 games last season with the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.
added 1:27pm, via the NY Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed restricted free agent forward Sean Avery.
“We are pleased to have Sean under contract and are looking forward to him returning with the same passion and enthusiasm he brought to our team last year,” stated Sather. “He is a terrific competitor, who we expect to play a significant role in a successful season.”
via Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Remember The Spirit of Manitoba? That was the group of Winnipeg businesses that banded together in an attempt to stop the Jets from moving; they too had fans rejoicing at the prospect of pulling the franchise back from the brink of relocation, yet ultimately couldn’t stop the move from coming to pass.
I’m not guaranteeing the same fate for the Predators, but their fans definitely should hold off on the victory celebrations for a while. If history repeats, their darkest day may yet be to come.
from the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has named Craig Ramsay and Geoff Ward Assistant Coaches. Ramsay and Ward join Assistant Coach Doug Houda and Goaltending Coach Bob Essensa to round out Head Coach Claude Julien’s staff.
Greg Wyshynski at the NHL Fanhouse does a very in-depth story on “Eklund”.
Because as Eklund’s popularity and influence have grown—with surging Web traffic, high-profile radio gigs and an on-air role during an NHL trade deadline television special—so have serious charges about a fraudulent biography, his lack of journalistic ethics and some online behavior that historically has gotten professional reporters fired. During our hour-long conversation, the “anonymous hockey blogger” finally began to answer to them—with some startling revelations….
One of the most controversial aspects of the Eklund legend is his biography. The background he had given to ESPN was in direct contrast with the fanciful origin story he gave FanHouse’s Eric McErlain in an early (and must-read) interview in 2005. Self-aggrandizing aside—I still love the part about having written a book that sold so well he no longer had to work full-time—the fact was that the official bio on his Web site changed significantly after he began attracting a larger audience.
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