Domi calls Bruins owner 'embarassment'

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

ATLANTA -- Tie Domi ripped into Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs yesterday, calling him "an embarrassment to owners who actually have a passion for their team."

The Maple Leafs pugilist was responding to the blockbuster trade Wednesday night that saw franchise player Joe Thornton shipped to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenceman Brad Stuart and forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau.

The deal saved the Bruins about $1.6 million US in salary, a fact that was not lost on Domi.

"I don't think (Jacobs) cares about his team," Domi told a scrum of reporters at Philips Arena. "If he doesn't want to be involved in hockey I think he should step aside. There are a lot of people who would want to buy that franchise for sure.

"It's unfortunate for hockey (when) one of the original six teams has an owner like that. He was a hardliner through the whole work stoppage, now he's got a salary cap and now he wants to drop his salaries even lower. To be honest I'm not surprised. Jacobs is the guy who stood firm through the whole work stoppage and now his true colours are coming out.

"I think it's terrible for hockey, I think it's terrible for the Boston market. When the Boston rink is empty it's not good for hockey."

Domi suggested certain owners might be conspiring to pull off some questionable transactions under the new collective bargaining agreement.

COLLUSION

He specifically pointed to the deal last month that sent Sergei Fedorov from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus conveniently opened up some cap room several days later when Blue Jackets forward Todd Marchant was claimed off waivers by the Mighty Ducks.

"There is a little collusion going on there for sure," Domi said. "It's unfortunate there wasn't a grievance but then again Ted (Saskin) is the leader of the union and he didn't do it. He didn't set the grievance.

"There are all kinds of things going on that are unsettling. It's part of the new hockey, I guess. We've got to find our way through it."


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