Quick. Someone get a quote from New Jersey Devils’ general manager Lou Lamoriello talking about a Boeing 767. It’s probably too much to ask that he remembers Kurt Cobain. Shit, we’ll run with it if he likes Starbucks coffee.
What’s important here is that the media can link the NHL’s possible takeover of the New Jersey Devils to relocating them to the Emerald City.
Pay no attention to the rumor that the Philadelphia Sixers owners are interested in buying the franchise. The article specifically does not mention keeping them in Newark. Pay no mind to any legal aspects like lease arrangements. They only serve to deflate these specious nuggets.
It’s the offseason, season ticket money has been paid and consumers, er fans, need to talk hockey.
This is also sure to bring up those pesky rumors about tinkering with the collective bargaining agreement’s rules. Lamoriello is on record saying the 17-year, $102 million contract (later changed to a 15-year contract worth $100 million) with Kovalchuk was bad for the NHL. Specifically,
“I might agree,” he said. “But there is nothing that we have done wrong. This is within the rules. This is in the CBA. There are precedents that have been set. But I would agree we shouldn’t have these. But I’m also saying that because it’s legal and this is something that ownership felt comfortable doing for the right reasons.”
However, this does nothing to dissuade folks from thinking Lamoriello always knew Kovalchuk wanted to go back to Russia.
The conspiracy theories are enough to fill one’s head with a bunch of monkeys fighting over a bucket of marbles. Hey, everything on the internet is true, even down to the not-so-famous “I wish I took a shit on the moon” quote by American hero, Neil Armstrong. Folks “in the know” insist Lamoriello wanted Illy K to stay.
The only thing certain is that, according to the Forbes article linked above, “the Devils have $230 million of debt and team owner Jeff Vanderbeek missed the first payment on a recently restructured bank loan.” Potential new owners have already shied away from purchasing the franchise. Recently popular, events are becoming rare in the building. This is developing into a financial nightmare.
Perhaps moving to Seattle is a possibility*.