The Owen Nolan grievance hearing resumed yesterday in Cleveland.
Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson and Nolan's agent, J.P. Barry, are disputing $10.3 million US in salary, amid the player's claim that the Leafs never properly diagnosed and treated his knee injury at the end of the 2003-04 season.
The Leafs refused to pay his salary during the lockout, arguing their doctors had cleared him to play and also withheld his 2005-06 option year payment.
The hearing began in mid-May, but was postponed after a couple of days so that more witnesses and the arbitrator could be present in one place. Nolan's previous operation was at the Cleveland Clinic, performed by Dr. Tony Miniaci.
The parties held a few hours of discussion yesterday and will resume today.
NO YASHIN BASHIN'
A report in Newsday indicates the new New York Islanders hockey braintrust will recommend keeping Alexei Yashin rather than buying out the final five years of his $34-million contract.
"Having the opportunity to try to get the most out of him as an athlete is going to be fun," coach Ted Nolan said.
Owner Charles Wang has not stated his intentions regarding the contract of the underproductive Yashin, but said "it's our job to surround him with the kind of things that will make him shine. What (general manager Neil Smith) and Teddy have to do is say: 'How do we get the best of him?' "
PHIL 'ER UP
Phil Esposito contacted former boss Harry Sinden with an interest in the Boston Bruins' general manager post that eventually went to Peter Chiarelli.
"(Sinden said) 'I don't know what to tell you. I don't know how much input I'm going to have in this,' " Esposito relayed to the Boston Herald.
Esposito was shocked that Chiarelli will be allowed to remain as the Ottawa Senators' assistant GM until mid-July.
"That blows my mind," Esposito said. "How did the league let that happen?"
Esposito also said he would have handled the Joe Thornton situation much differently than departed GM Mike O'Connell. The potential Hart Trophy winner was dealt to San Jose.
"He would've scored 70 or 80 goals for me, without question. He never shot enough," Esposito said.
Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ron Hextall will become assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Kings.