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Report: Devils sale could be approved Thursday


A group led by billionaire Josh Harris’ efforts to purchase the New Jersey Devils from Jeff Vanderbeek for about $240 million seems to be going very well. In fact, it looks like the NHL’s Board of Governors might approve the sale tomorrow, according to a Bergen Record source.

There are also a pair of Star-Ledger sources who spoke on the issue, with one saying the deal would be finalized Thursday and the other calling it the “target” date.

As of last night, there were still issues to be ironed out, but nothing that was anticipated to hold up the deal. Harris will assume the Devils’ debt, which is reportedly $161 million owed to banks, $30 million to Philadelphia attorney Andrew Barroway, and $34 million to the league. Vanderbeek is also expected to keep a minority stake in the team.

Harris helped found Apollo Global Management, which is a private equity firm, and is the current owner of the Philadelphia 76ers.


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Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: All that’s been announced about Silfverberg is that he’s under evaluation and will not return.