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Bernie Kosar becomes a "real" NHL owner

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Remember Bernie Kosar? He was the Cleveland Browns quarterback who ran like he had two left feet? Casey Hampton would've laughed at his running ability.

Well Kosar wasn't all that successful at avoiding pass rushers and he doesn't seem to all that swift in avoiding the IRS either. The "Man" is coming down on Kosar, a limited partner with the Florida Panthers, for not paying taxes the past two years.

From the Miami Herald:

"Kosar, who played for the Browns, Cowboys and Dolphins, went through a contentious split from wife Babette that became final in December. He says some of the tax notices went to his old address. "When you go through a divorce and you have to switch all the names and all of the paper and all of the accounts, this stuff happens.''"

We're sure the "I got kicked out of the house by my wife" defense will fly well with the compassionate souls at the IRS.

While there's not word yet if Predators investor William "Boots" Del Biaggio will seek Kosar's advice in how to throw side armed or how to use Turbo Tax, we can't help but wonder why anyone who invests his cash into a NHL team manages to run into money troubles. Del Biaggio, Howard Baldwin, John Spanos, John Rigas, etc.

This will probably do little to derail the Panthers' continued quest for mediocrity in 2008-09, but it convinces us even more that we would walk into Gary Bettman's office dressed like Scrooge McDuck, Ted DiBiase or the Monopoly guy, light a cigar with a dollar bill, pull out a hefty bag of cash and "make it rain" like Adam "Pacman" Jones and trick convince Bettman into selling us a franchise.

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-Former Penguins defenseman Paul Coffey wants to meet Elvis. (Kudos to Kukla's Korner for the find.)

Southeast Division

-The Capitals signed forward David Steckel to a one-year contract extension.

Northwest Division

-Former Wild defenseman Sean Hill is close to signing in Switzerland.

Pacific Division

-By the looks of things, former Penguins and Ducks prospect Stephen Dixon signed with a team in Sweden. (This is the team's Web site and it's all in Swedish.)

-New Stars forward Sean Avery threw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers' game last night

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