May 14, 2013
NHL notes: Darin Pastor's bid for Coyotes rejected
By QMI Agency

The NHL rejected a bid to purchase the Coyotes franchise from California businessman Darin Pastor. (Amber Bracken/QMI Agency)

The NHL has reportedly turned down Darin Pastor's offer to buy the Phoenix Coyotes.

According to TVA Sports, the league flat-out rejected the bid by the California businessman, whose family has ties to hockey team ownership. Pastor's grandfather owned the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League before the NHL's Sabres existed.

"The offer is not one that the NHL is interested in pursuing, and we have informed Mr. Pastor of that," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told TVA Sports.

Pastor submitted a bid for the NHL-owned franchise last week but according to FoxSportsArizona.com, it fell well short of what was expected. The NHL's asking price for the Coyotes is expected to be in the $150-170 million range.

"The terms of his proposal were inconsistent with what we had previously indicated were the minimum prerequisites of a serious and realistic bid," Daly said in an email.

GM OF YEAR NOMS ANNOUNCED


General managers Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens and Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks have a little downtime after their teams were first-round upset victims.

But Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins? No, he's still busy keeping an eye on his team in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Bergevin, Murray and Shero were named Monday as the three finalists for the NHL GM of the year award after all three built teams that finished among the best in the league in the shortened regular season.

Bergevin, a rookie GM with the Habs, took a team that finished 15th in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12 to the Northeast Division title. Montreal was upset by the Ottawa Senators in the first round.

Murray just finished his fifth season with the Ducks, who went from 13th in the Western Conference last season to top spot in the Pacific Division this year.

The Penguins finished first in the Eastern Conference with Shero, the GM for the last seven seasons, at the helm.

HABS' ELLER DRAWS A BLANK

Montreal Canadiens forward Lars Eller doesn't remember the hit by Ottawa Senators defenceman Eric Gryba that knocked him out of the playoffs.

Eller was left with a concussion and broken nose on the hit by Gryba in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series. Gryba was given a two-game suspension for it.

But only way Eller knows how it happened is by watching video replays.

"I don't remember anything of it happening on the ice," he told reporters in Montreal. "I don't remember getting carried off the ice, trying to get up, all that stuff. "I don't remember much. There's a good gap of a 10-minute period where I don't remember anything,"

Eller says he "feels good" and hasn't been experiencing concussion symptons but further testing will be done to see where he stands health-wise.

"I feel clear in my mind," Eller said. "I don't have any headaches, stuff like that. Neurologically wise, there is still some healing going on. And how long that's going to take, I can't say. But with the way things have been going, looking back a week from now, there's no reason to think I shouldn't be able to make a full recovery."

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