NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn’t go deep into specifics – he didn’t name the potential new owners – but he told ESPN that the Florida Panthers sale is “on track” on Monday.
“I know the two parties are working very hard on the transaction. They’re going to try to consummate that as quickly as possible,” Bettman said.
ESPN reports that a Panthers sale could be completed as early as sometime in October if there aren’t unexpected complications.
The rule of team sales has to be noted: these situations can turn sharply, often out of nowhere (such as with the Phoenix Coyotes for years). Of course, quite a few have worked out largely outside of the public eye and seemingly pretty smoothly, so we’ll see how it goes.
Bettman seems optimistic (if vague), though.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.
The Edmonton Oilers have assigned center Leon Draisaitl to AHL Bakersfield.
The demotion of Draisaitl, 19, means 21-year-old rookie Anton Slepyshev has made the opening-day roster after scoring twice and adding two assists in exhibition action.
The Oilers experimented during the preseason with Draisaitl, a natural center, on the wing. He didn’t have a particularly poor camp, finishing with one goal and three assists in six games.
But Slepyshev apparently impressed more.
“He’s a young player but he’s played pro hockey before,” coach Todd McLellan told the Edmonton Journal. “You can see it.”
Slepyshev played 58 games in the KHL last season, scoring 15 goals for Salavat Yulaev Ufa.