NHL notes: New York Islanders owner woos prospective buyers
|Islanders owner Charles Wang speaks during the announcement of NHL's New York Islanders' move to the Barclays Center in 2015 in Brooklyn, in New York Oct. 24, 2012. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)
The New York Islanders could be changing hands.
According to the New York Post, owner Charles Wang is trying to sell the team.
The Post reported Wang is in talks with Manhattan investment bank, The Raine Group, to sell the beleaguered franchise. But it will cost the bankers $300 million.
The albatross around Wang’s neck isn’t exactly drawing the crowds, only averaging 13,155 per game according to ESPN numbers, that's the second worst in the National Hockey League. The Isles are also planning to move further inland to Brooklyn.
On top of that, the Post also notes the Islanders have a $75 million loan that comes due at the end of the 2013-14 season.
KEKALAINEN DOESN’T HAVE A VISA
Jarmo Kekalainen may have been named the Columbus Blue Jackets’ new general manager, but according to Reuters, he doesn’t have a work Visa.
The first European GM in NHL history remains in Finland, his home country, and is unable to obtain the work permit.
Monday is President’s Day in the U.S., which pushes the earliest date to acquiring a Visa to Tuesday or Wednesday.
The first game the Jackets new GM is expected to attend is Thursday, when they square off against division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings.
MONTREAL-PHILLY TILT RIFE WITH INJURIES
The Montreal Canadiens tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday was rife with injuries as four players left the ice.
The most notable was rookie forward Brendan Gallagher was stapled into the boards by Luke Schenn during the third period of the game. Schenn was not penalized for the hit, but that does not render him immune from league scrutiny. Gallagher will miss Montreal’s game Monday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“In Gallagher’s case, it’s a concussion. We’re going to follow the protocol,” head coach Michel Therrien told the team’s official website. “He felt much better this morning than last night. He definitely won’t play on Monday night against Carolina, and we’ll take it from there.”
The human pincushion, Max Pacioretty, was the victim of an errant skate in the ribs in the same game.
The Habs’ winger, who underwent an emergency appendectomy in late January and was chewed on by Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Mikhail Grabovski Feb. 9, returned to practice with the Canadiens on Sunday.
He is expected to play against Carolina.
RYAN MILLER TICKED WITH SABRES COLLAPSE
The Buffalo Sabres 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday has goalie Ryan Miller seeing red.
After the game, Miller let off steam to reporters in an F-bomb littered tirade, according to the Buffalo News.
“Just either not confident enough or experienced enough in the third period with the lead and that burned us. It’s not acceptable,” Miller said.
NEW CONTRACT FOR STREIT?
It looks as though New York Islanders defenceman Mark Streit may get a new contract.
The 35-year-old was in talks according to Newsday.
Streit is in the twilight of his five-year deal worth $20.5 million.
“The fact is I like it here. We have a really good team,” Streit told Newsday. “I’ve been here five years and I have a really good role, I love the room and I can tell the improvement is here the last few years. It’s maybe 5% we’re missing to break through. Overall, I’d like to stay.”