NHL notes: Wayne Gretzky selling California mansion 0
Wayne Gretzky and his wife Janet figure now is a good time to sell their California mansion.
According to celebrity real estate blogger The Real Estalker, the Gretzkys bought the home in November 2009 and gave it a makeover "that included the addition of the swimming pool and accessory structures in the backyard."
How much for the 8,711 square foot single-story home? The couple is asking $10.5 million for the property located in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
"Some estates are so exceptional that it merely leaves you breathless from the very first footstep of the front door," reads the property description listed by Engel & Volkers.
"Each and every square inch of the interiors were composed with architectural integrity and refinement, passion and emotion. Rare is a home built with such consideration.
"Interplay of decadent textures and clean lines are highlighted by natural light that beams through high soaring windows and doors. The exterior is a personal oasis, reflecting the architectural brilliance of the interiors.
"This residence distinguishes itself as unparalleled in terms of quality, privacy, luxury and chic sophistication."
The property boasts five bedrooms, six full bathrooms and features a fireplace, but prospective owners will have to fork over $380 per month in home owner's association fees.
Beyond the pool, the property includes an L-shaped pool house complex complete with fitness room, open air kitchen and poolside dining area with an outdoor fireplace.
LINDEN ON TORTS
Just because Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis was fired doesn’t mean head coach John Tortorella isn’t under the microscope.
Newly-minted team president Trevor Linden told Vancouver radio station CKNW he wasn’t keen to using stars Daniel and Henrik Sedin in defensive roles as Tortorella had done this season.
“I think you have to use your people where they will best excel, and good coaches understand that,” Linden said. “I haven’t talked to John about it. I think most people would say you put your best offensive players in the most offensive positions you can.”
Asked if he thought it was wise to use the Sedins to block shots and kill penalties, Lindon replied: “It’s one of those things where I probably felt personally it was a misuse of their abilities, but I’d have to dig deeper into it.”
HORTON OUT 6 WEEKS
The Columbus Blue Jackets may be without their top off-season acquisition until the Eastern Conference final.
That is, if they get that far.
Nathan Horton underwent abdominal surgery and will be sidelined six weeks, the team announced Friday.
With the NHL post-season set to begin April 16, a six-week recovery period would peg his return during the third round of the playoffs.
A veteran of 43 playoff games, Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1-million contract in the summer but missed the first 40 games of the season while recovering from shoulder surgery.
In 36 games this season, he has five goals and 14 assists.
Horton won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Boston Bruins in 2011.
Minnesota Wild forward Mike Rupp has been suspended four games for a late illegal check to the head of St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie on Thursday night, the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced Friday.
The suspension includes the Wild’s final regular-season game and its first three playoff games.
Rupp was assessed a match penalty for attempt to injure for the incident. He will forfeit $7,692.31 in salary.
After a 45-game absence, the San Jose Sharks welcomed back rookie forward Tomas Hertl on Friday. The 20-year-old is coming off surgery to repair the PCL and MCL ligaments in his right knee after a collision with Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown on Jan. 19 ... St. Louis Blues prospect and former Canadian world junior winger Ty Rattie made his NHL debut Friday against the Dallas Stars. Rattie was picked 32nd overall in the 2011 NHL draft.