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TORONTO (CP) – Steve Stavro is in talks to sell his control position in Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, owner of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA’s Toronto Raptors, the Globe and Mail reported Wednesday.
Tim Panaccio wrote an article in the Inquirer today that was dead-right in my opinion regarding the Flyers current state of affairs. Here is the article:
ESPN, via TSN, has reported that the sale of the Buffalo Sabres to Mark Hamister has fallen through. The article:
Mark Hamister’s bid to buy the financially troubled Buffalo franchise fell through after his failure to meet Monday’s NHL-set deadline, The Sports Network of Canada reported on its Web site.
Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe speculated on January 26th in his weekly “Hockey Notes” column that the Bruins may have some interest in Calgary Flames forward Chris Drury.
You may say it’s just that rush many teams get when a new coach is hired, and you could be right. But this looks like a totally different team under the direction of Hartley, with only one loss in his first six games. They will cool off in time, of course. But his teaching, demand for hard work and defense-first philosophy is rubbing off on the players and they are responding well. Even with this improved play, a top five pick in the entry draft still looks to be the Thrashers fate. However, they are slowly but surely gaining the respect of their opponents.
Kovalev is not going to be a Leaf because Quinn will think about the move till someone else beats him to the punch. The roster has been basically the same for the last few years with the exception of a few free agents to plug holes left by other free agents but Quinn the GM does not make moves or promote young talent and his history shows it. He lets talent rot in the minors and plays stiffs in the NHL. He is too in love with the players he has.
The Forth Period has reported that it’s not a matter of if Alexei Kovalev will become a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, its just when, and what will it cost them. Although there were originally rumored to be five teams in the running for the Penguin’s superstar, the New York Rangers are really the only team that could stand in the way of Kovalev going to Toronto. Dallas owner Tom Hicks, in the midst of selling the club has clearly stated they will not make a move of this magnitude, and the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders simply cannot take on a soon-to-be $9 million/year player. Detroit, one club who could afford Kovalev, is not in the running and is more in need of a defenseman. As has been reported here, the Wings are rumored to be in discussions with Phoenix regarding captain Teppo Numminen, who would likely request a pay raise and a contract extension in order to waive his no-trade clause. Which brings us to the Rangers, a team with a seemingly never-ending warchest. If GM Glen Sather could sell ownership on approving bringing in Boris Mironov and his $3.3 million salary, I’m sure he could get their blessing to bring back former Ranger Kovalev and his impending contract.
This is an interesting idea for a restructured NHL, submitted to the Globe and Mail.
It presents the idea of the NHL as a proper business organization, something that provides some true merit and would solve a lot of the problems existing in the league right now.
Of course, there is no way this would happen, but it is certainly an interesting prospect.
Yesterday the Philadelphia Flyers landed Jamie Wright from the Calgery Flames Organization. I was unable to find much on Mr. Wright but for what it’s worth (not to much if you ask me) here is what I know….
Two articles here:
leafazoid29: Roberts Back Soon, but Problems Loom Large
matrix2003: Those Forgotten Players
Hayley Wickenheiser, the first female to earn a point in a men’s league hockey game, has earned a contract for the rest of the year with Kirkkonummi Salamat, a tier-two team in Finland.
On the Islanders web site, Mike Milbury commented on the state of the Islanders as well as the “ludicrous” trade tumors as he calls them. Here are his comments.
Rather than bore people to death with a biography on Darcy Tucker, or stating obvious facts that can’t be argued, I wanted to post an article that could involve everyone’s opinion in a fun way. This article will simply revolve around building the “perfect player”. Everyone has their own opinion on this and can state so without ridiculous argument, so to start it off, here is my version of the perfect player.