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Joe Sakic hoping for management position with Avalanche


Adrian Dater
of the Denver Pos
t is reporting that Joe Sakic is hoping to break
into the NHL front office business, and is looking to do so with the
Colorado Avalanche.

can’t just jump in and start at the
top. I would go in knowing I’d have to learn all parts of the business
for a few years,” said Sakic, the Avs’ all-time leading scorer who
retired last summer.

Dater says that the team will
look to discuss the possibility of Sakic joining the Avs in some
capacity after the NHL draft. There are some openings in the front
office, and it’s always a good move to have a former franchise great
take a place in the management side of the team.

However, Sakic
says that he’s not looking to move up to become a coach as he’s not a
big fan of spending all that time away from his family. Sakic knows he
can’t expect to get a top position right away and is willing to work his
way up in the front office.

Sergei Fedorov facing foreclosure on two Detroit homes

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According to an AP report, former Detroit Red Wings great Sergei
Fedorov is facing foreclosure on two homes in the Detroit area.

The PrivateBank and Trust Co. says Fedorov owes more than US$2 million.
The Oakland County Treasurer’s Office says he also owes more than
$51,000 in property taxes.

The Detroit News reports Friday that Fedorov owes nearly $1.2 million on
a 390-square-metre home that he bought in 1999 for $1.25 million.

Unless Fedorov is having incredible financial issues outside of
hockey, it’s unlikely this is a case of him just not being able to pay
his bills. He recently signed a one-year contract with Washington for $4
million in 2008, and was just paid $9.2 million this past season as
part of a two-year contract with Magnitogorsk of the KHL.

However, there is the lawsuit that Fedorov filed against Joseph Zada
last summer relating to $43 million in investments Fedorov had made.

More on the Boston-Columbus trade rumor


Our story yesterday on the rumored trade proposal between Columbus and
Boston caused a bit of stir and if nothing else left people scratching
their heads a bit. Before writing up the story, I double checked with my
source on the information he was giving me and then posted the proposed
trade that would leave Boston with the 2nd and 4th pick in next week’s
draft. This morning I followed up, and was assured that this was a
proposal that “has been discussed” by Boston and Columbus.

important to note one thing: not once have we reported this trade as a
done deal or anything other than a rumor. At this point, it’s something
that’s been discussed between the two teams and there’s a number of
factors that could change if this trade does indeed go down.

first and biggest issue with this trade (as it’s been proposed) is the
no-trade clause in Marc Savard’s contract. There was some discussion
last night over whether he currently has a NTC in place; his contract
extension doesn’t take effect until July 1st, but as far as we can
determine he still has a NTC in place with the contract he’s under right
now. When Savard signed his extension mid-season, he made it clear that
Boston was where he wanted to finish his career.

Here is what
Savard had to say in December:

“With all the incredible sports teams they have here and the fans’
knowledge about all the events, it’s incredible,” Savard said. “Since
day one, I look back at the playoffs and to see what could be really
excites me, too, especially when we play the Canadiens in the playoffs
and the way fans react. It’s something that we’d like to try to finish

“When I signed a seven-year deal, obviously it was to play the whole
seven years,” Savard said. “So that’s how I look at it right now and I
think that’s what I’m going to be true to right now. I really haven’t
thought about anything else.”

It was obvious that Savard at the time made it clear he wanted to
finish his career in Boston, but who knows what’s happened since then.
It’s also possible that the Bruins have discussed a possible trade
involving Savard, since he could be the center the Blue Jackets are
looking for, while thinking there’s a chance he waives the NTC.

With this just being a discussion between the two teams, it’s likely
the parts will certainly change. If Savard isn’t willing to waive his
NTC, then you wonder if the Bruins have the parts that the Blue Jackets
would want in order to give up the 4th pick.

As of now, we’re nowhere near reporting this as a done deal. It’s
likely not close either, especially as I learned this morning that this
trade was still in just the discussion phase.

I understand some of the responses I’ve seen on here and on Twitter,
especially when a trade rumor of this magnitude seemingly comes out of
nowhere. I can guarantee that this is not a “total fabrication” and that
this comes from a reliable source. Is it being reported as fact? Not
even close.

[Thanks to Greg Wyshynski for
pointing us to the Savard quotes]