A Rangers-Islanders game in frosty Yankee Stadium in December or on New Year’s Day? It’s a possibility.
Preliminary discussions between NHL and Yankees executives, the two NHL teams, city officials and NBC — which would televise the proposed Jan. 1 regular-season contest between the arch rivals — began last week, according to numerous people with knowledge of the talks.
“Everybody likes the idea,” said one person. “But there are some obstacles. The question is whether the stadium will be usable at that time of year for that purpose.”
According to a source with direct knowledge of the Bruins’ front office negotiations the past two days, the Bruins yesterday came to terms with a new coach and will name Sullivan’s successor today or tomorrow. Another source, well acquainted with Chiarelli’s connections and confidants around the league, and particularly in Ottawa, where he remains the Senators’ assistant general manager until July 15, said that former Red Wings bench boss Dave Lewis will be named Boston’s coach.
Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman was asked Monday if he had an answer yet to the question everyone has had on their minds. He grinned. “I don’t know what the Whitecaps’ record is right now,” said Yzerman, who was at Fifth Third Ballpark to throw out a ceremonial first pitch before West Michigan’s game against South Bend.
Pavol Demitra and Marian Gaborik have always dreamed about playing together in the NHL. The fellow Slovaks saw the results when they teamed up, both for Dukla Trencin in the Slovak Extraliga and for the Slovakian Olympic team in Turin, Italy, where they teamed with Atlanta’s Marian Hossa to form an electrifying line. “We’ve always been talking about it,” Demitra said. But Demitra never really thought that it would happen in the United States.