Bettman denies talks with Poile

April 11, 1993|By Sandra McKee

Despite reports that commissioner Gary Bettman has offered Washington Capitals general manager David Poile an executive position in the NHL office, Bettman last night denied any conversations with Poile or anyone else.

"There is no short list or long list of candidates," said Bettman, who visited the Capital Centre last night for the Capitals-Islanders game.

"I won't have any direct discussions with anyone until after the season. David is recognized as one of the most respected hockey people in the league. Whether he'd be the right person in the league office, we'd have to find out. But from everything I've read, it doesn't sound like he's interested."

Poile has denied any desire to leave the Capitals in each of the past four months.

Meanwhile, Capitals owner Abe Pollin said he knew nothing asked about a report out of Chicago that club president Dick Patrick is shopping his one-third team ownership.

"The only thing I know is that I've been in the sports business for 30 years and there are rumors every day. But Dick has said nothing to me about that."

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