Penguins co-owner Roger Marino is making enemies in Pittsburgh
by refusing to pay retired legend Mario Lemieux the money he is
owed (nearly $33 million on a seven-year guaranteed contract he
signed in 1992). The franchise is already on shaky ground, and
alienating Lemieux--he sued the team last week--and his legion
of fans could be disastrous for the club. Look for commissioner
Gary Bettman to get involved if this matter is not resolved
shortly....

Marian Hossa, Ottawa's first-round pick in 1997 and the NHL's
top prospect, tore his MCL in April, but the Senators are
thrilled with his commitment to rehabilitation. Hossa skipped a
recent awards banquet because it would have kept him from his
daily therapy. If he heals properly, expect him to make the
Senators' roster next season....

Sign of the times: At the draft one general manager said that he
was negotiating a contract with an agent whose client had never
played a pro game, yet the agent's demands were simple: a huge
base salary, bonuses for winning various NHL awards and a clause
ensuring that if a new award is created and his client wins it,
he would get another substantial bonus....

Sharks coach Darryl Sutter was offered a four-year contract
extension that would pay an average of $800,000 per season, but
he declined, telling management he wanted only a two-year deal.
The reason? Sutter, an honorable man, says the club should
reevaluate his performance after two years to make sure the team
is heading in the right direction.