Domi decision delayed

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

D-Day for Tie Domi has not come yet, according to Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson.

Back from the Owen Nolan hearing in Cleveland, Ferguson insisted he has not made a decision on buying out the aging right winger, an 11-year Leaf and dressing-room lieutenant of captain Mats Sundin.

"He remains a Maple Leaf, there is no change," Ferguson said last night, though a decision on Domi's $1.2 million US salary could be made as soon as tomorrow.

Pat Morris, Domi's agent, told The Fan 590 yesterday that he has not been tipped off by Ferguson which way the club is leaning.

Ferguson also said there had been no breakthrough in the Bryan McCabe contract, reported as a done deal two weeks ago. The reason for the delay has been cited as everything from small potatoes in the fine print, to more money to a desire by McCabe's wife to live in the New York area.

"I would not attempt to characterize the reason in any way," Ferguson said.

The Nolan grievance hearing has been halted for now and is expected to resume again in mid-August. The two sides met in May in New York and for two days this week in Cleveland.

"It could go longer than August, it's hard to say," Ferguson said.

Nolan's representatives are trying to prove they should receive up to $10.3 million US in lost salary, claiming the Leafs misdiagnosed a knee injury. Ferguson maintains Nolan was declared medically fit to play and hurt the knee on his own.

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The National Hockey League votes next week on the sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group headed by Dave Checketts and it's expected the announcement of John Davidson as team president will follow.

Davidson, who shares Checketts' New York Rangers' roots, is expected to offer the general manager's post to NHL senior vice-president Colin Campbell at a later date.

The Blues, who hold the No. 1 spot for the draft in Vancouver on June 24, are expected to pick U.S. defenceman Erik Johnson.

STAR GAZING

The Dallas Stars exercised a one-year contract option with winger Jere Lehtinen yesterday and traded for Rangers centre Mike Green. The Stars gave up a conditional draft pick in 2008 for Green. The Stars also signed winger Niklas Hagman to a two-year contract.


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