Habs rumour denied

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

Don't expect to find the words "For Sale" to be stitched on the Habs classic bleu, blanc et rouge jerseys tonight in the spot where the traditional "CH" logo usually is found.

From Canadiens owner George Gillett to commissioner Gary Bettman to the camp of Blackberry founder Jim Balsillie, denials were flowing yesterday regarding a story in the Montreal tabloid La Presse, which had Balsillie suggesting the team was on the market.

Richard Regier, a Toronto lawyer who serves as Balsillie's spokesperson, said the Research In Motion head claims never to have made that statement, adding Balsillie sent an apology to Gillett.

It's never boring in Habsland, is it?

Said Canadiens Hall of Famer Larry Robinson: "You always have controversial things. That's one of the great things about the Montreal Canadiens, is that we have always been able to rise above controversy and (let our actions speak)."

MONEY TROUBLES

Despite Gillett's protests, it widely has been reported that the Colorado businessman may have to sell his stake in English Premier League club Liverpool after the Bank of Scotland asked him and co-owner Tom Hicks to restructure a $350 million US loan, thereby forcing the club to postpone plans for a new stadium.


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