NHL notes: Seattle talk seems rinky-dink
|NHL executive Bill Daly speaks outside the offices of the NHLPA in Toronto, Ont., Aug. 4, 2004. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)
Most of the financial news for the NHL this spring has been negative.
Teams such as Columbus and Arizona admit to losing millions of dollars; the league is in the throes of having one of its ballyhooed southern franchises moving to Winnipeg; and with a handful of teams up for sale, Gary Bettman and Co. continue to look under every rock to find new investors, only to have those boulders come smack down on their noggins.
Perhaps seeking a positive spin, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told King5 TV Seattle this week: "We've had discussions with a group in Seattle.
"I would rather not get into specifics to be fair to that group, or the process," Daly said.
Daly admitted the Seattle group wasn't willing to act in time for next season.
Well, obviously not, unless they can find someone to build an arena in four months, or hope that Puget Sound suddenly freezes over.
There is nowhere to play NHL hockey in Seattle, including Key Arena, which was abandoned not only by the NBA's SuperSonics in 2008, but also by the Western Hockey League's Seattle Thunderbirds.
So, unless they can put Jobing.com Arena on the back of a truck and transport it from Glendale, Ariz., to Washington State, the NHL in Seattle is no-go.
Finnish stamp of approval
Finland is celebrating it's victory at the world hockey championship with a new stamp that features Mikael Granlund's distinctive "air-hook" goal at the tournament. The stamp features a press photographer's image of the play.
"Usually, the design and preparation of stamps takes six to 12 months, but we wanted this stamp to be available to the public as soon as possible," Tommy Weems of the Finnish Postal Service said.
Granlund, a first-round pick of the Minnesota Wild, used his stick blade to lift the puck and whipped it lacrosse-style into the goal in a semifinal game against Russia.
A Penner for your thoughts?
It didn't take long, it seems, for Dustin Penner to create a poor impression for his bosses.
On Feb. 28, the Los Angeles Kings gave up first- and third-round draft picks plus a prospect to the Edmonton Oilers for Penner, hoping he would help them down the stretch and in the playoffs.
But the 29-year-old left winger had only two goals four assists in 19 regular-season games with the Kings, and one goal and one assist in six playoff games. He even found himself on the fourth line.
"Dustin is at the crossroads of his career," Kings general manager Dean Lombardi wrote in an e-mail to Sporting News.
"He can choose to use his athletic ability to either become a dominant power forward in the National Hockey League or be a dominant number four hitter for the El Cid Lounge in a men's softball league -- the choice is his."
Penner has one year left on his contract and will earn -- er make -- $4.25 million in 2011-12.