Jun 18, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT
The NHL is denying a report in the New York Post that the league is on the verge of taking over the financially challenged New Jersey Devils.
“I don’t anticipate either the league having to take over the team, or the team having to file for bankruptcy,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told USA TODAY Sports in an email.
And when you think about it, what did the Post really report? That the NHL had a back-up plan if owner Jeff Vanderbeek didn’t restructure or sell? Well, we hope so. Can’t just let the club implode. Have to step in at some point.
Let’s also hold off on the relocation talk. The Devils may have to let Zach Parise walk away this summer, but the team isn’t going anywhere. This is a “too much debt” problem; not a “hockey can’t work in New Jersey” problem.
Whether the NHL should’ve allowed an owner to leverage a franchise so aggressively is another discussion.
- Flyers’ Mason broke his right pinky finger playing ball hockey 9
- Lindros, LeClair and Desjardins to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame 51
- It’s back! PHT’s Team of the Day summer series starts tomorrow 7
- Pens sign Spaling — two years, $4.4 million 13
- Agent: Subban hasn’t told me to make him NHL’s highest-paid D 30
- Devils sign Greene to five-year, $25M extension 18
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million 46
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ 59
- Gettin’ paid: Gardiner inks five-year, $20.25M extension with Leafs 15
- Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff 21
- Cashing in: Rangers sign Brassard to five-year, $25 million deal (63)
- Marchand on Plekanec: ‘I hate him. I can’t stand him’ (59)
- Lindros, LeClair and Desjardins to be inducted into the Flyers Hall of Fame (54)
- Subban seeking $8.5 million in arbitration, versus the Habs at $5.25 million (46)
- Trotz plans to let Johansson, Kuznetsov, and Burakovsky compete for time at center (45)