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Congratulations and Setting the Record Straight

Now that Bob Nicholson has been named vice chairman of the Edmonton Oilers, I’m assuming our paths may cross at NHL meetings. At that point I will personally congratulate him on his new role and welcome him to the NHL. But first, I will introduce myself to him. I don’t know Mr. Nicholson, never have met him, never have spoken with him.

It had been rumored a while ago that Mr. Nicholson was a candidate for a position with the Capitals; we didn’t respond to the falsehood at the time, choosing to focus on search for a GM and coach. Having made that announcement weeks ago, we felt the rumor would cease. But this past week a senior writer from a prominent hockey media outlet reported Mr. Nicholson was considering offers from three teams to become their CEO. The Capitals were reported to be one of those teams, and the writer even claimed: “Washington offering the most money.”

This was more than simple speculation, there was supporting information that suggested the writer was privy to financial terms too. He gave the appearance of being connected and obtaining insider information. All of this could not be further from the truth. I can only guess that it was either fabrication or the writer trusted someone who must be one of the worst “sources” in the history of newsgathering.

Congratulations Mr. Nicholson, perhaps someday we will meet.