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SBD/November 7, 2013/Franchises
Published November 7, 2013
OUT OF THE LIMELIGHT: In Detroit, Tom Gage writes Tigers Owner Mike Illitch has become "an absentee owner only in this sense: He doesn't appear at functions that once were automatic for him to attend." Illitch in recent months has been absent from "the team photo, the retirement of a manager who’s led you to the postseason four times in eight years, and the hiring of a new manager." Gage: "It's different now. And if you want to wish him the best as he transitions out of the visibility of ownership, this is probably the time" (DETROIT NEWS, 11/7).
DRAWING THE UNION'S IRE: TSN.ca's Darren Dreger notes the NHLPA said that the Flames "cannot mandate its players wear protective foot and ankle equipment," but Flames GM Jay Feaster "instructed his players get fitted for the guards" after two recent injuries on the team. The NHLPA "intends on reaching out to the NHL to discuss its concerns" with the Flames' approach (TSN.ca, 11/5).