The New York Post is reporting that New Jersey Devils owner Jeffery Vanderbeek is close to reaching a deal with a “deep-pocketed investor” that would buy him more time to raise capital and keep the team.
The investor will reportedly pay down $80 million in overdue debt, but there’s a catch – if Vanderbeek can’t raise the capital by the fall, he’ll have to sell the team.
It’s not clear how this might affect Zach Parise’s contract talks.
On the one hand, there’s the chance that adding more player salary to a business that’s reportedly losing money could negatively affect Vanderbeek’s ability to raise capital. Then again, losing Parise might be seen as a detriment to the business.
The Post reports that Vanderbeek is “pretty far along” in his quest to raise additional equity, so you never know, this whole thing might be solved before July 1 when Parise is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
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