Business of Hockey

Mr. Bettman pays a visit to Tampa

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman visits the Tampa Bay Lightning. Here's a run down of what Mr. Bettman did and didn't talk about.

Question of the Week: The Message Behind the Jersey Makeover

Raw Charge question of the week: What is the message behind the Lightning jersey makeover? Raw Charge polls bloggers from around the bolt-o-sphere for their take on the Lightning jersey change

Ilitch attempts a staff shuffling in order to keep Yzerman

Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch has reportedly attempted to push Ken Holland up to team president in order to keep Steve Yzerman -- and promote him to Red Wings general manager.

Esposito is not a front office cure-all for Lightning

Lightning founder Phil Esposito's name is invoked by long time Lightning fans every time there is an issue with the franchise. While people love Phil in TB, it's not wise to bring Esposito back.

Off Topic: Tom Wilson rides again

In an off-topic hat tip to the past, we make mention of former Palace Sports and Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson's new job.

Jeffrey Vinik Takes Charge

Jeffrey Vinik has formally agreed to purchase the Tampa Bay Lightning from OK Hockey Group LLC

Control of the Lightning and Vincent Lecavalier future

Vincent Lecavalier's name keeps popping up, tied to the potential sale of the Lightning to Jeffrey Vinik. Trade speculation is healthy, but trade speculation that is tied to a team's sale to make the numbers work is a disaster in the making.

Report: NHL negotiating sale of Lightning to hedge fund manager

Reports from The Hockey News suggest Jeffery Vinik is negotiating with the NHL to buy the Lightning.

The forgotten local interest in owning the Tampa Bay Lightning

Potential locally represented groups wait in the wings, waiting for the moment to jump-in. That time, however, is now.

Report: OK Hockey in default on Palace Sports Loan

An unverified report from the Macomb Daily suggests that OK Hockey has gone into default on their loan from Palace Sports and Entertainment.

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