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Bettman Tells Koules, Barrie To Determine New Ownership Plan
Published June 24, 2009
|Barrie Will Not Give Up Right
To Sign Off On Transactions
POWER STRUGGLE: ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun cited a source as saying that Lawton will be the "point man for all hockey matters" going forward. The source indicated that during yesterday's meeting it was "agreed that Lawton would handle all contact with player agents and GMs -- in other words, all signings and trades" (ESPN.com, 6/23). The GLOBE & MAIL's Tim Wharnsby cites a source as predicting that Koules will "preserve as the Lightning owner" while Barrie will "fade from the scene as the summer goes on." However, a different source indicated that if Barrie assumes control of the franchise, he "has interest in hiring" former Molson Coors CEO Dan O'Neill to "help him run" the franchise (GLOBE & MAIL, 6/24).