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Wayne Gretzky will be repaid money he was owed by former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes, the NHL agreeing to cut a check to the Great One after reaching a tentative deal with the legend, sources tell TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com.
Sources would not confirm the exact figure, but it's believed to be around $7 to $8 million.
The NHL for the past few years had sought to get the money owed to Gretzky from Moyes via a lawsuit but a judge threw out most of the league's claims from the suit against Moyes in early October.
In light of the delays associated with the Moyes litigation, the Audit/Finance Committee from the NHL's Board of Governors approved a plan to make Gretzky whole for deferred compensation owed to him by Moyes, and which was never paid as a result of the Coyotes bankruptcy back in September 2009, source have told ESPN.com.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the deal is worth between $7 and $8 million.
Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today...
Hi, in your opinion are the Montreal Canadiens a top 5 team in the east, and why or why not?
Katie Strang Yes, definitely, though I'm not sure what sort of standard that even is anymore. The East is so mediocre, and vastly less competitive than the West, that being in the top five isn't exactly analogous with being elite. In my mind, Pittsburgh and Boston are head and shoulders above the rest. Should Detroit get healthy, they could make things interesting too.
Hey Katie! Hank said all the right things about Talbot getting the start, but how do you really think he felt about it? I feel like the coach doesn't truly appreciate it what he has in Lundqvist. What percentage do put on him being a Ranger next season and not walking?
Katie Strang I think a deal gets worked out, but I don't think he'll get a max contract of eight years, especially if the Rangers feel they legitimately have something in Cam Talbot. Lundqvist was actually pretty honest yesterday. He wasn't happy about the decision, but he supported it. Hasn't pouted or sulked, at least no publicly. He'll be as motivated as ever come Thursday.
The process begins...
from the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Rogers Communications has purchased the naming rights for the future home of the Edmonton Oilers, further increasing the telecommunications giant’s reach in Canadian professional sports.
Rogers said in a release Tuesday that the downtown arena, which is set to open in 2016, will be named Rogers Place.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
All right, Alain Vigneault has had his little romance with Cam Talbot, and it is difficult to blame the coach for sticking with the hot hand for Monday’s game against the Jets even if it meant sticking Henrik Lundqvist on the bench again.
But the dalliance with the backup and the genetic engineering being applied the Rangers’ goaltending situation has to end, and end now.
This isn’t a reflex response to Winnipeg 5, Blueshirts 2 at the Garden. This is simply stipulation that the Rangers have no chance to reach their ceiling — whatever that may be — without Lundqvist at his best, and in order to be his best, Lundqvist needs to play … and play … and play in order to get into the rhythm to which he and we have become accustomed over the last eight seasons.
For it is not about one game, not about giving the team its best chance to win one game, not in December it’s not, and not if winning the battle might ultimately undermine efforts to win the war. It is about giving the team its best chance to win over 82 games, even if that means taking one step back to take two steps forward.
The Rangers are stuck in the middle. They don’t have enough top-end talent to play a skill-oriented game. They don’t have anywhere near enough size or muscle to impose their will on anyone. Their identity is anybody’s guess.
added 2:20pm, from Andrew Gross of Ranger Rants,
The 3rd star of the month in November carries his fine play into December.
NEW YORK (Dec. 3, 2013) – Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane, Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the month of November.
What do you think?
By Tom Murray,
What a treat it was last Saturday night to come across Ken Dryden being interviewed on MSG’s post-game show. He’s well into his 60s these days, still boyish and bookish even decades removed from that magical spring of 1971. That’s when the Cornell graduate suddenly appeared in the Montreal Canadiens net, just in time to lead them to an improbable upset of the Boston Bruins on their way to the Stanley Cup. Dryden won the Conn Smythe Trophy in the process and launched a Hall of Fame career that was as brilliant as it was abbreviated: six Stanley Cups in just seven years--during which he took a year off to prepare for the bar exam--before walking away from it all, after his final championship in 1979.
Always thoughtful and cerebral in his playing days, Dryden was a terrific post-game interview and, it turned out, an even better writer. In 1983 he produced a book called The Game, which gave readers a fascinating insiders look at that final championship season of 1978-79 as well as the demands and challenges he faced on and off the ice. Sports Illustrated ranks the book, which really reads as a soulful memoir, as one of its Top 10 of all time. Dryden is making the rounds these days to not only celebrate the 30th anniversary of the book, but also mark the publishing of the commemorative edition of what is truly a hockey classic.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Gustavsson, now 29, has been giving Detroit the backup goaltending every team would love to have. No longer anchored deep in his net, working with Wings goalie coach Jim Bedard seems to have produced a more aggressive and confident Gustavsson 4 1/2 yeas after he left Sweden for North America.
"It's always hard to compare. Maybe we play a little different game (in Detroit) too," Gustavsson said, asked if he was improved since his days in Toronto. "To be successful as a goalie, you need your guys to play well, and you need to work good together. It feels like I trust them and they trust me too.
"I pretty much know what they're going to do and they know what I'm going to do. That helps a lot, when everyone's on the same page.
"I want to be better and better. Hopefully I'm a better goalie than when I was in Toronto. I've been getting more experience. The more you play, the more you know what it's all about."
Gustavsson has worked diligently this season with Bedard, particularly on goalie-specific power skating.
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