Eric Staal, Hockey player by day....By night?
Eric Staal, Hockey player by day....By night?
Calgary restaurant owner tries to screw Oilers at New Years Eve partySounds like a lot of BS on the Oilers restaurant owner's behalf to be honest... publicity stunt to the max. Plus I hate it when people try to make tips obligatory.
CALGARY -- The manager of an upscale Calgary restaurant is furious, claiming that Edmonton Oilers players refused to cover the full cost of a nearly $17,000 tab during a New Year's Eve night out for team members.
Maurizio Terrigno of Osteria de Medici, the restaurant where former U.S. president George W. Bush dined when he was in Calgary last year, said the team and staff owed $16,796.39 but wanted a break on the bill and paid $12,381.45.
Terrigno said about half of the bill was for alcohol totalling $8,248, including dozens of shots of tequila and bottles of expensive wine and $1,000 champagne.
"These guys came in, they enjoyed our hospitality and when the bill came ... they went ballistic to the point where they started threatening, denigrating my staff, saying, `We're the Edmonton Oilers, we expect a 50 per cent discount,' " said Terrigno.
Terrigno said 45 people ordered off the menu and their total bill came to $14,234.23, including $677.98 for GST. The restaurant usually adds an automatic 18 per cent gratuity for a large group, which would bring the total to $16,796.39.
The Oilers had lost by a score of 2-1 earlier in the night against the Calgary Flames.
Oilers spokesman Allan Watt said the restaurant was recommended by some Calgary friends of the players and they had a prearranged meal and menu.
"They received the bill which they felt was outrageous," said Watt.
"They inquired about it and they were unhappy about it and were unhappy with some of the charges. The restaurant adjusted it by $7,000."
Watt said the players paid the adjusted bill and added a $1,900 tip and left the restaurant.
Terrigno said the group, which included team captain Ethan Moreau, attempted to negotiate a discount on the bill.
He said the players argued they should pay by the bottle for dozens of shooters purchased during the bash, but the restaurant charged them for each one individually.
The restaurant tried to charge for a bottle of an imported expensive brandy after one of the players took a swig straight from it.
"They refused to pay for the whole bottle because they didn't consume the whole bottle," said Terrigno.
He said there's no way the restaurant will serve other clients from the same bottle.
Terrigno said at one point he threatened to phone police.
"It's the first time during the 37 years of business have I ever experienced something like this," he said. "What's more upsetting is we know who they are."
Terrigno said because he was infuriated by what happened he plans on donating the money the players paid the restaurant to charity.
Bruins sign Miro SatanMeh, is all I really have to say. He'll add some depth and experience but do they really need an old guy who took half a season to find an NHL team that wanted him?
The Boston Bruins have added some forward depth with the signing of 35-year old forward Miroslav Satan.
Satan, who played with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins last season, has signed a deal for the remainder of the season. The deal includes a no movement clause.
It is a one-year deal for $700,000, meaning he will make a prorated portion for the remainder of the season.
In 65-games played with the Penguins last season, Satan recorded 17 goals and 19 assists.
Satan, who was recently named to the Slovakian Olympic men's hockey team, has recorded 354 goals and 367 assists in 1012 career NHL games.
Blues Fire Andy MurrayKind of surprising since he was being praised to no end after last year, but I guess the Blues just need a change. They only have 40 points in 40 games and the odds of them making the playoffs are slim to none. Disappointing considering the good, young team they're supposed to have.
JD knows what he's doing though, we'll see how it goes.
With only 40 points in 40 games, and sitting nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues have made a coaching change.
The club announced on Saturday that they have fired Andy Murray, and have named Davis Payne as the interim head coach. Sources tell TSN that Payne will remain on as head coach for at least the remainder of the year.
"Davis is very knowledgeable of the players in our organization and we feel he is the best candidate to coach our team," Blues president John Davidson said in a statement. "He has nine winning seasons at the minor league level which includes an ECHL Championship in 2006."
The 39-year old Payne was named the head coach of the Blues AHL affiliate the Peoria Rivermen in July of 2008. The club has a combined 62-44-3-6 record in one and a half seasons with Payne behind the bench.
The 2006-07 ECHL Coach of the Year, Payne led the Aces to the 2006 ECHL Kelly Cup Championship and also guided the club to three consecutive trips to the Conference Finals.
The 58-year-old Murray was hired by the Blues in December of 2006, replacing Mike Kitchen. He was a Jack Adams runner-up as Coach of the Year last season after guiding St. Louis, which took up residence in the cellar of the Western Conference at the All-Star break, to a 41-31-10 record and the club's first playoff berth since 2004. The Blues were swept by Vancouver in the opening round.
"I would like to thank Andy Murray for the job he has done here the past four seasons," Davidson said. "He was an integral part in turning the St. Louis Blues around. He is a true professional and I wish him the best of luck in the future."
Murray finishes his tenure in the Gateway City with a mark of 118-102-38.
Mikael Samuelsson bashes Team Sweden "I pretty much have one comment and maybe I'll regret it," Samulesson said. "But they can go f*** themselves. That's what I really think."
What did you get for Christas?Just for fun!
- 5 pairs of Habs socks (one for each day of the work week!)
- A sweater
- A dress shirt for work
- A new wallet
- Da Vinci Code/Angels and Demons on Bluray
- The Hangover on bluray.
- a Muppet Christmas on DVD (I'm a sucker for the muppets)
Not a bad haul for present day! #OffTopic
Ironman 2 trailer!http://www.apple.com/trailers/paramount/ironman/
SO HYPED NOW.
AvatarAnyone else hyped about this movie? The amount of pressure around this thing to make a lot of money at the box office is crazy! I do want to see how it turns out though, for sure.
Go ahead, make his day.
New York Islanders defenceman Brendan Witt was hit by a car in Philadelphia on Tuesday, according to Newsday. But Witt reportedly picked himself up off the road and, after a few profanities, assured everyone he was all right before continuing on his way, prompting one witness to say, "it was like seeing Clint Eastwood, but in hockey."
Witt was crossing Arch street to get a cup of coffee when a gold Yukon truck made an illegal turn and hit the 34-year-old. Newsday says Witt tried to jump on the hood of the vehicle before being thrown to the ground as he was struck.
"I'm okay," Witt told the crowd as he dusted himself off, according to Newsday. "I've got to go play some hockey. I'm a hockey player. I'm okay. No big deal."
The onlooker was impressed.
"Boy that guy is tough," he said.
The 6'2, 219-pound blueliner downplayed the incident.
"I just got lucky," said Witt, who oddly enough had declined an offer for a drive to Wachovia Center from the team's medical staff just prior to the accident. "Fortunately nothing bad happened. I'm just a little sore."
The Humboldt, Saskatchewan native chose not to call police or get medical care, and was at the Isles' morning skate just a few hours later. He will play tonight against the Flyers.
Witt has two goals, one assist and 35 penalty minutes in 26 games for the Isles this season, and has no plans to star in any action films in the immediate future.
Kind of funny considering how injury prone he is