After 9pm on Monday night, the Newfoundland Growlers released a statement titled “RE: COUNCIL STATEMENT: CLARIFICATION REGARDING LEASE AGREEMENTS WITH SPORTS TEAMS”. Basically an email regarding an apparent dispute between St. John’s City Council, St. John’s Sports & Entertainment (SJSE, the subsidiaries of Mile One Arena), and Deacon Sports & Entertainment (DSE, the parent company of the Newfoundland Growlers). The dispute boils down to (contentious) lease agreements between the two corporations.
In recent days, it’s been announced that the St. John’s Edge of the NBL Canada league since 2017 was not getting a lease agreement with the arena and a new basketball team would be announced instead. The Growlers have a 10-year lease with the organizations that started in 2019 after an initial one-year lease for the inaugural season. In the statement, DSE claimed there was “no past liabilities, no bad debts, no prerequisite to resolve a third-party $1 million dollar dispute, and no covid-19 pandemic” in 2018, and that “in 2021 there is currently a $1 million dollar known liability.”
They also went on about the City claiming that misinformation has been circling in the media and that the possibility of new language being slipped into the 10-year lease to affect the deal moving forward as being untrue.
There is much more written in legalise that is beyond me trying to interpret.
While the three sides are fighting, the Growlers have lost some important members of the team and appear to be working with the barest of bones at the moment. Their head coach, John Snowden, left for the Toronto Marlies. His assistant, Darryl Williams, signed with the Philadelphia Flyers yesterday.
As of right now, the team has four names under it’s “roster”: the goalie coach, video coach, SVP of Hockey Ops, and the COO. On the team front office directory, there is also Chairman Dean MacDonald, Director of Minor League Operations (from the Leafs) Mike Dixon, and various other staff, although that list still has Snowden and Williams.
As for players, three were reportedly under contract for the 2020-21 season and didn’t play elsewhere: James Melindy (the captain), Todd Skirving, and Mark Tremaine (also worked as an assistant coach as St. Francis Xavier in USports this season). It’s unclear whether they’re under contract for this upcoming season or not, though it is unlikely they are.
It’s not unusual for teams to not have many players right now, especially since the Growlers didn’t play last season, but it definitely feels like everything is in wait-and-see mode at the moment.
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Roni Hirvonen and Top Niemela were in some pretty prominent positions for Finland’s U20 game against Switzerland yesterday. They even combined for a goal.
Finland’s lineup for today’s U20 match vs SUI— Lassi Alanen (@lassialanen) July 19, 2021
Luke Prokop publicly came out as gay yesterday. His interview with the 31 Thoughts podcast was lovely.
In more legalise, the OHL is mounting a comeback, with a mandatory vaccine policy. I say good for them.
New: No vaccine, no play? The #OHL is set to enforce a rule mandating Covid-19 vaccines to everyone involved in the league. Not everyone is happy with this. We discuss the instant impact this rule will have. For some, career decisions could be involved. https://t.co/7As7H5w8Q9— Mark Scheig (@markscheig) July 19, 2021
Pre-season schedules have been spilling out, expect the full NHL schedule in due time.
The NHL will be releasing its 2021-22 schedule on Thursday.— Emily Kaplan (@emilymkaplan) July 19, 2021
Per @wyshynski that schedule will include an Olympic break….but a caveat that participation still isn’t guaranteed. https://t.co/vaBbE1wKW1
Here is your daily Seattle Kraken update.
and now - the moment you’ve all been waiting for:— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) July 19, 2021
the official #SeaKraken jerseys will go on sale September 15th - but you can catch a sneak peek of them during Wednesday’s expansion draft → https://t.co/GGOu9YFbUx pic.twitter.com/rrrj8V4cSh
BREAKING: NHL announces Macklemore, Sue Bird, Marshawn Lynch, Lenny Wilkins, Jordan Morris, Shawn Kemp, Gary Payton, Bobby Wagner and Kyle Lewis are the special guests who will help unveil the Kraken's roster at the expansion draft. #SeaKraken https://t.co/nPIQ0bidXF— Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) July 19, 2021
Some contract news and rumours:
Hearing #NYR have made significant progress with newly acquired forward Barclay Goodrow.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 19, 2021
Not finalized. Expectation is Goodrow will be a Blueshirt once the signing moratorium is lifted with a 6-year deal in $3.6m AAV range. @DFOHockey
As we await what SEA decides with Carey Price, word is that the Kraken are closing in on FLA’s Chris Driedger at 3x$3.5M. I dont believe that precludes them from selecting Price, but one goalie appears locked-in.— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 19, 2021
Furthering this from Frank, I've heard @SeattleKraken owners love Price as a marketing centerpiece, akin to Fleury with the Knights. Legit star in a crowded sports market. But there's 100% separation of church & state between owners and hockey ops in SEA. https://t.co/PNqlcCebd3— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) July 19, 2021
Seravalli makes it sound like Hyman @ $6M x 6 or 7 is all but guaranteed and Barrie is looking for term at least 3 years.— NateInVegas (@NateInVegas) July 19, 2021
Happy Monday Oiler fans
I believe CBJ has interest in Klingberg, but not sure how far along that specific convo has gone. Stars certainly like Jones.— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 19, 2021