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Published November 11, 2008
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DUCK HUNTING: In Boston, Kevin Paul Dupont wrote depending on what happens to the Bruins this season, the team "could be a player" for Ducks Exec VP & GM Brian Burke this offseason. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli's contract expires at the end of next season, and the role of Bruins President has been "vacant since Harry Sinden was booted off the job" in '06. Dupont wrote there would be "plenty of room for Burke" with the Bruins, as long as Owner Jeremy Jacobs was "willing to pay the freight." Another "likely bidder for Burke" will be the Blackhawks. The Maple Leafs and Senators also "might be enticed" (BOSTON GLOBE, 11/9).
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BAILOUT FALLOUT: In St. Louis, David Nicklaus noted the rules for the Blues' "Fan Bailout Plan," which includes naming its remaining Saturday games as "Fannie and Freddie Mortgage Saturdays," do not say whether the team "got permission" from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to use the companies' names. If they did not, "Fannie's and Freddie's lawyers might not be happy about this particular bailout" (STLTODAY.com, 11/10).
NOTES: The Flyers have four players from Finland, the most in the NHL, and the Finnish Ambassador to the U.S. Pekka Lintu said that the Finnish Embassy for the Stars-Flyers game on November 24 will recognize the team. Flyers President & COO Peter Luukko, who has Finnish ancestors, will host Lintu and five of his guests in his suite at the Wachovia Center and introduce them to the Flyers' Finnish players before the game (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 11/9)....The AP's Nancy Armour wrote under the header, "Blackhawks Become A Vibrant Brand Again," and noted a year after the team's season-ticket base "dwindled to 3,400, it is a franchise-record 14,000." Each of the team's home games at the United Center this season has been a sellout (AP, 11/8).