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|NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said teams could be fined and stripped of draft picks as a result of potential tampering.|
Dave Nonis, who recently was fired as Canucks GM and used to work for Burke in Vancouver, has talked with the Leafs about some sort of position, fueling speculation that the Leafs will wait out the coming season with a makeshift management team and then swoop up Burke a year from now. The optics of this aren't particularly pleasant for a GM who doesn't want to be where he is and a team waiting in the wings to hire him, but they are what they are. Bettman was asked, in a roundabout way, about the situation. He made it clear that if teams were tampering with personnel under contract to another team, he would move swiftly and decisively against both the team and the individual. "People who sign contracts can be held to them by the other party to the contract, and there's nothing wrong with that," Bettman said. "If there's tampering going on, ultimately there are no secrets in this world. We will get to the bottom of it. And I'm no fan of tampering. And when it happens, it gets punished severely. "A team that meddles with an individual under contract could face heavy fines and the loss of draft picks. And an individual who talks to a team while he's still under contract would face fines and a possible suspension." Bettman also was asked about the legal problems facing Ducks owner Henry Samueli, who recently stepped down as chairman of Broadcom Corp after a civil suit was filed by the Securities Exchange Commission relating to stock options. Bettman said he would wait until the legal proceedings ran their course. "The Samuelis have been terrific owners. They're perhaps the most community-minded and charitable people in all of Orange County," Bettman said. "I am not going to fret about something that may or may not be substantiated at the end of the day. I know Henry Samueli and Susan Samueli are committed to the Ducks, and I am not worried about them as we sit here today." Another Winter Classic?
|After the success of this season's Winter Classic, the NHL is looking for new sites to host the next outdoor event.|
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