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Steinbrenner and the NHL

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07:40 AM ET 07.15 | As the Yankees were going through a rough patch in the early 1980s, their owner considered jumping into the National Hockey League. Can you imagine The Boss as a hands-on NHL owner? Neither could the NHL, apparently. Already well-established as a cantankerous owner of the New York Yankees, George Steinbrenner in early 1982 met with Peter Gilbert, who was looking to offload his struggling Colorado Rockies franchise at the time.

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July 15, 2010  10:07 AM ET

In his prime he'd have kicked the ****'s ****. RIP George. Love him or hate him he was fun to watch.

July 15, 2010  10:13 AM ET

So in synopsis, the Devils could have been owned by the boss. At least I have my 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon worked out for Steinbrenner now: Bacon - Kiefer Sutherland - Elisha Cuthbert - Every dude in the NHL-Steinbrenner.

July 15, 2010  10:29 AM ET

He would've been too much for the NHL. Can't have wealthy, intelligent, highly successful owners with a passion for winning in the NHL. Too dangerous for the status quo.

July 15, 2010  10:38 AM ET

I wouldnt want him for the early 80's Islanders, but he would have been cool for the late 80's to now Islanders

July 15, 2010  11:03 AM ET

Tough to buy your way to a championship in the NHL with salary caps, etc. Although, the NY Rangers try to do it every year, so maybe Steinbrenner would have fit in...

July 15, 2010  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He would've been too much for the NHL. Can't have wealthy, intelligent, highly successful owners with a passion for winning in the NHL. Too dangerous for the status quo.

He would have done a Michael Flatley like "Lord of the Dance" all over any salary cap proposals pushed by anyone, including the Poison Dwarf. It was his money, and NO ONE was going to tell him how was going to spend it.

July 15, 2010  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He would have done a Michael Flatley like "Lord of the Dance" all over any salary cap proposals pushed by anyone, including the Poison Dwarf. It was his money, and NO ONE was going to tell him how was going to spend it.

Agreed ! As an owner he never would have agreed to a cap. I personally do not hold him in high regard.Buying and outspending everyone else is no where near as admirable as doing it with strong talent assessment and drafting (Rays,Twins). We are blessed that he never got in the sand box to play with Gary.

July 15, 2010  12:16 PM ET

As a former Rockies season ticket holder (yeah, there were a few...), I remember those "wonderful" days when Gilbert owned the team. I don't remember any rumors about Steinbrenner wanting them, but Gilbert was the type of guy who would have sold his mother if it meant a two-dollar profit. When he took over the team, he made all sorts of BS statements about wanting to make the franchise work in Denver, etc. etc., when everyone knew there were backroom deals in place to get the franchise to Jersey. Denver fans refused to invest their time, money and emotions in a team they knew was going away, then Gilbert used the low turnout as an excuse to move the team. At least Steinbrenner would probably have been honest and open about buying them to move them.

July 15, 2010  01:04 PM ET

For some reason I feel like a eggplant calzone for lunch.

July 15, 2010  01:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

In his prime he'd have kicked the ****'s ****. RIP George. Love him or hate him he was fun to watch.

and that would have been so worth seeing. Actually, I don't se Bettman ever getting the gig if George was there

July 15, 2010  01:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

He would have done a Michael Flatley like "Lord of the Dance" all over any salary cap proposals pushed by anyone, including the Poison Dwarf. It was his money, and NO ONE was going to tell him how was going to spend it.

dead on here too!

July 15, 2010  01:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Agreed ! As an owner he never would have agreed to a cap. I personally do not hold him in high regard.Buying and outspending everyone else is no where near as admirable as doing it with strong talent assessment and drafting (Rays,Twins). We are blessed that he never got in the sand box to play with Gary.

Agreed. And you can consider just as scary the news that the NHLPA wants to hire Donald Fehr to head the players' union. After what he did for MLB (thought of himself as bigger than the game and caused the '94 strike, a constant refusal to allow for drug testing which led to the steroids scandal and steadfast opposition to any kind of salary which allowed Curious George to buy himself a few championships), the NHL doesn't need this guy anymore than it needs the ****. Surely somewhere, somehow both the league office and players' union can find competent, intelligent men to run things as opposed to these two unsavory characters.

July 15, 2010  02:44 PM ET
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Just remember not to touch the tip jar.

Thanks for the reminder. I'm just waiting for my shirt to come out of the dryer and then I'm off.

July 15, 2010  02:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Agreed. And you can consider just as scary the news that the NHLPA wants to hire Donald Fehr to head the players' union. After what he did for MLB (thought of himself as bigger than the game and caused the '94 strike, a constant refusal to allow for drug testing which led to the steroids scandal and steadfast opposition to any kind of salary which allowed Curious George to buy himself a few championships), the NHL doesn't need this guy anymore than it needs the ****. Surely somewhere, somehow both the league office and players' union can find competent, intelligent men to run things as opposed to these two unsavory characters.

Buttman and Fehr OMG ? The collision of those two egos would make for very dark Televisions in winter time.

July 15, 2010  03:10 PM ET
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Buttman and Fehr OMG ? The collision of those two egos would make for very dark Televisions in winter time.

Fehr will have the acronym changed from NHLPU to NHLFU.

July 15, 2010  03:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Tough to buy your way to a championship in the NHL with salary caps, etc. Although, the NY Rangers try to do it every year, so maybe Steinbrenner would have fit in...

There was no salary cap in the 80's

July 15, 2010  03:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Agreed. And you can consider just as scary the news that the NHLPA wants to hire Donald Fehr to head the players' union. After what he did for MLB (thought of himself as bigger than the game and caused the '94 strike, a constant refusal to allow for drug testing which led to the steroids scandal and steadfast opposition to any kind of salary which allowed Curious George to buy himself a few championships), the NHL doesn't need this guy anymore than it needs the ****. Surely somewhere, somehow both the league office and players' union can find competent, intelligent men to run things as opposed to these two unsavory characters.

League office competent and intelligent do not belong in the same sentence .Now two unsavory characters sounds like new owners are coming to town

July 15, 2010  03:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Fehr will have the acronym changed from NHLPU to NHLFU.

LMAO. I like that one.

July 15, 2010  05:38 PM ET

#FN! Five minute BORING Major, and an ungamely misslongduct.
Let George go - PLEASE - Lard only knows, it took blo-o-o-o-ody lo-o-o-o-ong enuff.

 
July 15, 2010  05:43 PM ET

Not a big fan of the Boss, Old Tom? Can't say that I would disagree with you on that one.

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