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Report: Wang ‘furious’ over report he’s exploring sale of Isles


From SportsBusiness Journal’s Chris Botta, after it was reported late last night by TSN’s Bob McKenzie that Islanders owner Charles Wang was exploring a sale of his majority share in the franchise:

With the Isles preparing to move to Brooklyn in 2015 to play in the Barclays Center, there has been speculation that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov could be a potential purchaser of the hockey club. However, a spokesman for the Russian billionaire relayed to the same message from 2011, when Prokhorov apparently said he had “no interest in purchasing another team at this time.” (He said something similar in 2012.)

Devils to retire Brodeur’s No. 30

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One of the greatest players in Devils history will soon have his name — and number — in the Prudential Center rafters.

On Tuesday, New Jersey announced that it would retire Martin Brodeur’s No. 30 on Feb. 9 in a ceremony prior to that evening’s tilt against Edmonton.

The decision comes as no surprise.

Brodeur, one of the greatest goalies in NHL history and holder of numerous statistical benchmarks, backstopped the Devils to all three of their Stanley Cup championships, and a surprise Cup Final appearance in 2012.

Widely regarded as the face of the franchise, Brodeur sits second all-time in games played for the Devils and, unsurprisingly, holds every significant goaltending record.

His 688 wins in a New Jersey uniform is a staggering mark, one that may never be broken.

When his No. 30 is raised, Brodeur will join some select company. Only three Devils have ever had their numbers retired: Ken Daneyko’s No. 3, Scott Stevens’ No. 4 and Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27.

Avs keep prized rookie Rantanen, sign Skille after PTO

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Some fairly noteworthy developments out of Denver on Tuesday, the biggest being that Mikko Rantanen — the 10th overall pick at this year’s draft — has made the Avs’ opening-night roster.

Rantanen, 18, was considered one of the more NHL-ready prospects at the draft but “fell” to the Avs, which proved a good thing — Colorado has a long history of fast-tracking high picks to the NHL, as Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon all made the leap in their draft years.

At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Rantanen already has big league size. It’s possible he opens the season on a line with center Carl Soderberg, one of the club’s big summer acquisitions.

Elsewhere in Colorado…

For the second straight day, a veteran forward has successfully converted his training camp tryout into an NHL contract.

On Tuesday, the Avs announced that Jack Skille had signed a one-year pact with the club. Skille, 28, is a former first-round pick (seventh overall in ’05) that’s appeared in nearly 250 career NHL contests with Chicago, Florida and, most recently, Columbus.

With Colorado, Skille is expected to fill a bottom-six checking role. As mentioned above, he joins Scottie Upshall as the other forward to successfully turn his PTO into a new deal — yesterday, Upshall signed a one-year, two-way pact with the Blues.