Olympic negotiations behind delay in release of NHL’s ’13-’14 schedule, Capitals owner refinances his club, plus updates on Adam Henrique, Karl Alzner and more.
TSN.CA: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed next season’s NHL schedule won’t be released until negotiations regarding the league’s participation in the Sochi Olympics are completed. “There has been no final agreement on the terms of Olympic participation at this point,” Daly told NHL.com. “And unless, or until, there is, the release of the 2013-14 regular-season schedule would be premature.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, the new schedule could be formally announced today…or Monday…or later next week…or next month…
FORBES.COM: Mike Ozanian cited sources claiming Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis refinanced the debt on his team with a $100 million loan from Citigroup. Ozanian also reported the NHL seems to be taking on more debt, increasing its credit facility from $400 million to $600 million, also through Citigroup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Henrique will get considerably more than what Josefson got.
CSNWASHINGTON.COM: Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner cited job security as the reason why he signed a four-year deal worth “an affordable”$2.8 million per season.
TORONTO SUN: NY Rangers forward Arron Asham expects a looser atmosphere on the club this season under new coach Alain Vigneault. Asham claimed he enjoyed playing for former coach John Tortorella, but suggested some of his teammates were fed up with Tortorella’s act.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Asham isn’t telling tales out of school here. Following the Rangers playoff elimination, reports in the New York press claimed some players told management during their exit interviews they had grown weary of Tortorella.
NHL.COM: The NY Islanders have re-signed defenseman Thomas Hickey to a two-year contract.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Dustin Jeffrey to a one-year, $625K contract.