A couple of tidbits from around a division that could look a little different one of these days now that Quebec's provincial government has committed to contribute big dollars toward building a new arena.
That’s the condition NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has always saidwas a minimum when discussions about bringing a team back there, and that roadblock will be gone as early as 2012 when the arena should be completed.
In the meantime, you could see a lot more teams following the lead of the Boston Bruins, who announced a partnership novel partnership with a team in Finland’s top professional league. JYP Jyvaskyla will essentially serve a Euro farm team for the Bruins, with the deal allowing the teams to transfer players and have them train with the partner club and within the partner club’s developmental system.
Closer to home, the Ottawa Senators have brought someone home, announcing that Denis Potvin will join as a color analyst. Potvin is from the area and played junior hockey before going on to a Hall of Fame career with the New York Isladers, and was an analyst for the Florida Panthers for the first 14 years of their existence. He was ousted unceremoniously before the 2009-10 season as a result of front office changes, costing the organization the one true face of the franchise.
Montreal made news too by signing veteran Jeff Halpern, a solid third line center. And in Toronto, coach Ron Wilson told folks at the Leafs annual golf tournament that Jean-Sebastien Giguere gets the No. 1 job in goal until further notice, while in Buffalo, the 40th anniversary of the team is being honored with a special commerative jersey.
Posted on: September 8, 2010 11:07 am