From today's print edition of Toronto Star (for some reason the article is not online):
... Shanahan will bring his trademark dry sense of humour to the job. For example, asked if some will accuse him of favouring friends like Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman he deadpanned: "You're assuming Steve and I are still friends". ...
I can't imagine the League allowing the annoucement of the alleged/pending sale to be made during the playoffs. Bettman needs more time to buy liniment, for the pulled muscles he'll have from patting himself on the back for his part in this deal. Or, is that Daly's job?
... That hasn’t stopped the NHL’s best — and often desperately underrated — from signing up like Japanese autoworkers: for life.
Guys take pay cuts to play on this team. I wouldn’t take a pay cut to work at UNICEF. The Wings are able to manage the NHL’s new economics because it’s not really capitalism that they’re operating with — it’s more of a collectivized farm where everybody gets fat.
They are more than dynastic. They are beginning to seem like an institution.
The Wings are going to complete their should-be impossible four-game come-from-behind rally Thursday night in San Jose. Not because they’re better than the flailing Sharks, though at this precise moment they are.
They’re going to win because they’re the Red Wings.
The only reason I'm glad that Mr. Fraser has retired is that he is able to tell us the "other side" of a lot of the stories and offer his insight and knowledge. I also know that it pisses the League off to no end that he is doing this.