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The New York Post has a report that says Jeff Vanderbeek is on the verge of a deal with lenders that will keep him in control of the team for at least two years. Obviously, consider the source, but as Greg Wyshynski says over at Puck Daddy, "No guarantees that this deal is going to get done, but certainly more positive news on the Devils' debt front than we've heard in months." [NY Post]
Again, consider the above source. The Star-Ledger takes a little deeper look at the whole situation and how the CBA negotiations could affect Vanderbreek's work. [NJ.com]
Apparently Calgary billionaire Bill Gallacher has his sights set on buying all or part of the Devils. [The Fourth Period]
With a chance to save millions of dollars in the new CBA, Bettman and the owners probably don't care too much that they come across as villains. [Slap Shot]
A look back at the last lockout, when some NHLers dispersed and did quite well in leagues around the world. [Backhand Shelf]
Another one this week for the advanced numbers folks: NHL Numbers takes a look at creating a competition metric based on ice time. [NHL Numbers]
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