NHL Stars owner Tom Gaglardi quick on the draw to shoot down Brian Burke-to-Dallas rumours
Shortly after David Pratt inadvertently dropped the F-bomb on his CKNW show Thursday night, Dan Russell came back with some explosive on-air material of his own with news that Brian Burke can scratch the Dallas Stars from his immediate employment plans.
The Tom Gaglardi-owned Dallas franchise had been referenced as Burke’s next potential NHL stop after his firing as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“Brian once said that when he takes something on there are two hands on the steering wheel and both of them are his,” Gaglardi told Russell. “He’s a top dog kind of guy and one day he’ll be back in the league as a general manager. But right now I don’t know how or where he’d fit in with us if he wasn’t in charge.”
Gaglardi proceeded to praise current GM Joe Nieuwendyk for his leadership and making positive changes in focusing on the draft and player development with the Stars.
If Burke didn’t hear the comments on radio, he will have received the message from Gaglardi in person Friday night in Kamloops. The WHL Blazers, also owned by Gaglardi, were retiring Scott Niedermayer’s jersey and Burke was part of the on-ice celebration. Niedermayer played a key role in the Anaheim Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup win when Burke was GM.
HERE ‘N’ THERE: TSN football analyst Glen Suitor was on top of his game Wednesday when Geroy Simon first heard from his agent Dan Vertlieb that he’d been traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Suitor was with Simon at the time. They were working with kids at the Jay Prepchuk Football Camp on the indoor turf facility at Burnaby 8-Rinks. “It was fascinating to watch and listen to one of the game’s biggest stars go through a gambit of emotions just after he got the news,” Suitor said. “For what it’s worth, after following Geroy for the last 14 years from the broadcast booth, I believe he has a lot of great football left in him.” Suitor, a Carson Graham and SFU grad, was an all-star defensive back in Regina for 10 years.
SHORT HOPS: Nobody quite knows how he pulls it off each year but Team Radio's Bob Marjanovich is off to New Orleans to cover his 12th consecutive Super Bowl. 'The Moj' and sidekick Chris Burns will be filing for both Team 1040 and 1410 with interviews and special features all week long. Super Bowl Sunday will also include the Game Day show with Matt Baker on site. Co-host Mike Martignago drew the short straw and remains in the Vancouver studio.
END ZONE: Two years ago the Vancouver Canadians drew a couple of hundred baseball fans to their Foundation luncheon. On Friday the ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was packed with close to 600 guests. Blue Jays’ president Paul Beeston announced a two-year working agreement extension with the C’s. Technically the Canadians are a Northwest League Class-A franchise. But with Jake Kerr, Jeff Mooney and Andy Dunn running the operation, they can only be described as ‘first class.’
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