Earlier today we reported on a story that the NHL had a ‘deal in principle’ worked out with an ownership group based out of Toronto, to move the franchise to Winnipeg if the league couldn’t sell the team by June.
An important note in the story is that the city council of Glendale, Arizona will be meeting tomorrow to discuss possible lease concessions; the financial aspects of the arena lease are one of the biggest issues facing a potential sale of the team to keep the team local.
The NHL is doing all it can to keep the team in Arizona, and like we said earlier the supposed deal with David Thomson was merely — if true — a backup plan if the first two two potential owners didn’t work out.
It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.
To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:
The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)
That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:
They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.
Cheap shot on a superstar, a little uncalled goalie interference and presto – Blue Jackets win!
The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.
You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.
That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:
Coach Bylsma: Feel like after Jack's goal, the game changed for us. #gamechanger