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Gretzky’s wife, Tocchet eye lawsuits

Janet Jones, wife of hockey star Wayne Gretzky, and Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet are reportedly planning to launch separate $50-million US defamation suits against the state of New Jersey.
Jones and Tocchet were each implicated earlier this year by New Jersey authorities in an alleged illegal gambling ring.
Attorneys for Jones and Tocchet filed notice May 8 that they plan to sue the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, the state police and the head of the state police public information office for allegedly defaming them by illegally releasing evidence from confidential wiretaps.

Shero new Penguins GM

Ray Shero was hired Thursday as the Pittsburgh Penguins’ general manager, a day after the Nashville Predators assistant general manager broke off talks with the Boston Bruins about their GM job.
Shero replaces Hall of Fame executive Craig Patrick, whose contract was not renewed in April after 16-plus years on the job.

Wings re-sign Chelios

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland’s first order of business upon returning from Riga, Latvia, was to shore up the defense. Tuesday he signed 44-year-old defenseman Chris Chelios to a one-year deal worth $850,000.

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