Posts Tagged Arizona Coyotes

Morning Hits: Coyotes, Outdoor Games, Olympics, Stars, Ducks, Flyers, Flames, Jets and Starting Goalies

  • Chris Nichols: Starting in 2014-15, the Phoenix Coyotes will be known as the Arizona Coyotes.
  • Darren Dreger: There are likely to be four outdoor games next season. Teams that are showing interest are the Sharks, Coyotes, Avalanche, Bruins and the Wild. The Maple Leafs are pushing for a Winter Classic. The Canadiens and Senators want a game, and the Jets are expected to get the 2016 Heritage Classic.
  • Chris Nichols: Bill Daly said they will wait until after the 2014 Sochi Olympics before they start to look at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.
  • Mike Heika: The Stars have agreed to a three year contract extension with Ryan GarbuttMark Stepneski: Garbutt gets $5.4 million over three years.
  • Eric Stephens: The Ducks sign Mark Fistric to a three year deal with $3.8 million: $1.1 million, $1.2 million and $1.5 million.
  • Dave Isaac: The Flyers have put Chris VandeVelde on waivers.
  • Joe Yerdon: The Jets send Paul Postma to the AHL for a conditioning assignment.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Jaroslav Halak will start against the Hurricanes, Brian Elliott will start against the Predators.
  • Sarah McLellan: Thomas Greiss will start in net for the Coyotes against the Sabres.

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Morning Hits: Coyotes Sale Finalized, Cowen, Bryzgalov, Mason, Huberdeau and Mitchell

  • TSN: Yesterday the NHL finalized the sale of the Coyotes to the IceArizona group. They paid $170 million for the team. The arena lease has an out clause in five years.

    “I’m a good, solid Canadian like a good number of people in this ownership group and unfortunately it’s very difficult for people to accept that hockey can be successful in a non-traditional market,” LeBlanc said. “But we like to point to markets like San Jose and Dallas, even in the Carolinas, where hockey has really thrived. We feel that the same will happen here. But the reality is it’s an investment and we have to protect ourselves, and hence the reason for the out clause.”

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators and Jared Cowen continue to talk, but they aren’t close to a deal. If they are looking for a long-term deal, some think that Cowen’s side would be after something like Travis Hamonic’s seven-year, $27 million deal with the Islanders.
  • Igor Eronko: Ilya Bryzgalov is working out with Fargestad’s goalie coach Erik Granqvist in Karlstad. Bryzgalov is still hoping to find a job in the NHL.
  • Igor Eronko: Goaltender Chris Mason signed with Italian ‘Ritten.”
  • Dan Rosen of The Kings Willie Mitchell continues his rehab. He’s skating at the Kings training facility in hopes of getting ready for training camp.  Mitchell hasn’t spoken to the media about his rehab, but GM Dean Lombardi said Mitchell has become more enthusiastic as he progresses. The Kings have nine defensemen on one-way contracts.

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Morning Hits: Coyotes sale, Henrique, Hedberg, Clifford, Paajarvi and Da Costa

Abbreviated ‘on the road’ morning update.

  • Craig Morgan: Bill Daly said that sale is not complete yet. Votes are still coming in via fax. Approval being pushed back until Monday.
  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Adam Henrique said there was “nothing new” to report with regards to a new contract.

    “Hopefully it will get done soon,” he said. “There’s no real deadline or anything.”

    “I’m not worried about it not getting done or anything like that,” he said. “There’s nothing really holding it up. It’s a matter of time. We want to make sure we get the best deal for both sides.”

    Johan Hedberg is still looking for an NHL job and has received some interest from NHL and European teams.

  • Jon Rosen: The Kings have re-signed Kyle Clifford to a two-year deal with a salary cap hit of $1.075 million.
  • James Gordon: The Senators agreed to a one-year deal with Stephane Da Costa. There had been rumors that he was close to signing with a team in Finland.


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Morning Hits: Hemsky, Jagr, Zherdev, Faksa and the Coyotes Finances

JoAnne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Interview with Oilers GM Craig MacTavish, on if he’s spoken with Ales Hemsky or his agent about coming to camp knowing the team has been trying to trade him.

“I have spoken to Ales and (agent) Jiri Chra. These things happen in the game of hockey and we may be the beneficiary … We all know how good he is and we all know what an impact he had the last time the Oilers made the playoffs. We’re hopeful given this new environment and a more competitive team, I believe going forward, that it’s really going to play to Ales’ skill set and his ability to help us.”

The Fourth Period: In an interview with, Jaromir Jagr said it could be his last season.

“It may be my last season and I want to do everything possible to be successful,” Jagr said.

Four teams were interested in him before he signed with the Devils. With Ilya Kovalchuk retiring, it opened up a top-six spot with the Devils.

“I love hockey, and when you love something, you want to do it at the highest level, and that is the NHL,” said Jagr, who will play in his 20th NHL season this fall. “If you love something, age is not important. It’s just a number.”

The Fourth Period: Former NHLer and current KHLer, Nikolai Zherdev, partied a little too much after he received a new contract. He crashed his Bentley, got into a bar fight in a Moscow hotel bar and lost his passport. His wife is also believed to be filing for a divorce.

Mark Stepneski of Stars Inside Edge: Radek Faksa, the Stars 13th overall pick in 2012 will spend another season in junior.

“He’ll spend the summer here with us (training), go to Traverse City (for the NHL Prospects Tournament), go to training camp and then go back to Kitchener, which is good because that’s where he should be,” said Jackson. “He’s going to get a lot of ice there, he and the coach have a good relationship and I suspect he will take a big step next year.”

Joe Yerdon of Pro Hockey Talk: (citing a Mike Sunnucks article in the Phoenix Business Journal) Reporting that some of the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment (Ice Arizona) finances to purchase the Coyotes have fallen through. Two sources said that some of the funding hasn’t been finalized or has been dropped from the deal. They have until August 5th to finalize the deal. Daryl Jones, one member of the group tweeted that the report of finance issues “is categorically wrong, #HereToStay”

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Quick Hits: Hemsky, Practice Insurance for Canada and Selanne Still Deciding

  • Jim Matheson: Matheson thinks that Ales Hemsky will end up in Nashville. He’s played well against the Coyotes.
  • Jim Matheson: If all 47 players invited to Canada’s orientation camp played for their insurance to skate, it would cost them $21,276 a person. Jason Gregor: The insurance cost is just for practicing only. It would be higher if they scrimmaged according to Bob Nicholson.
  • Curtis Zupke: Just because Teemu Selanne is on the Finnish preliminary roster, it doesn’t mean he’s committed. Zupke has been told he hasn’t decided on anything.

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Quick Hits: Rask, Zidlicky, Luongo, Islanders and Coyotes

  • Elliotte Friedman: From what Friendman understands, Tuukka Rask has a no-movement clause for the first four-years, then it turns to a modified no-trade clause in which he submits a list of teams he would be willing to be dealt too.
  • CapGeek: Marek Zidlicky’s contract with the Devils is $3 million plus $1 million in performance bonuses if he plays in 25 games. He has a no-trade clause.
  • Bob McKenzie: The Canucks and Roberto Luongo could technically do the same as Ilya Kovalchuk from what McKenzie understands, as long as Luongo is prepared not to get paid, which won’t happen.
  • Chris Botta: The Islanders are saying that they have sold 2,200 new season tickets for next season. Renewal rate is 86 percent.
  • Craig Morgan: There is no lawsuit coming from the Goldwater Institute this time around.

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Mediation again today … The Arizona Coyotes? Jets representative may have been reprimanded by Jacobs

  • John Shannon via twitter: Mediation between the NHL and NHLPA will also take place today. Can’t tell how things went yesterday, won’t know anything until today at a minimum. NHLPA simply acknowledged the meeting in a short statement, NHL said they can’t say anything. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA’s meeting with the mediators will start at 11:00 am.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: If everything works out for the Coyotes and they stay in Glendale, they’ll likely end up changing their name to the “Arizona Coyotes.” Changing their name would lead to new logos, new jerseys, new merchandise and possibly state tax exemptions.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty notes that a Winnipeg Jets rep (not Mark Chipman) at a NHL Board of Governors meeting said they were opposed to a long, bloddy lockout as it will hurt the franchises momentum and hurt the game itself. Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs then reprimanded the representative as one of the “new kids on block” and told him he wouldn’t be allowed to speak in the board room.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Winnipeg Jets and the NHL are denying the report that a Jets representative was reprimanded at a board of Governors meeting. Bill Daly said the report was “100% complete and total fabrication.” Mark Chipman offered a statement:

    “I was disappointed to learn today of a report which claimed an exchange took place between an Alternate Governor of the Winnipeg Jets and Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins at a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting. I was present throughout all BOG proceedings and can categorically state that no such exchange between Mr. Jacobs and either one of our Alternate Governors – Patrick Phillips or Kevin Cheveldayoff – ever took place. Any suggestion otherwise is completely false.”

  • Haggerty and Michael Felger on the Mediation (filmed before yesterday’s meetings)

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Poor Kovalev getting picked on … Hulsizer and Glendale reach agreement, await vote … Staal doesn’t have another broken bone

  • Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen: Alexei Kovalev feels that coach he’s being picked on by coach Cory Clouston with his demotion to the 4th line,

    “That’s the way it looks right now,” he said. I’m not the only one not playing well, so nothing I can do about it. He decides to pick me. It has been happening all my career.”

    He’s not sure why he’s being criticized for his play,

    “I just don’t understand, because sometimes when you start playing well and everything goes well and then starts the brain-picking again. I don’t know why it keeps happening. Why don’t they just let me play the way I can? I don’t know if it’s some kind of jealousy or something else, I have no idea. I’ve been asking that question all my career and it just keeps happening.”

  • Rebekah Sanders of the Arizona Republic: The city of Glendale and Matthew Hulsizer have reached an agreement, and it will go to City Council vote on Tuesday. Glendale would give $197 million of 5 years (the arena cost less than $197 million to build), $100 would be upfront and Hulsizer would use it to off-set the $170 million cost to buy the team. Glendale will take over the 5,500 parking spots around the arena and charge a fee to help (along with other things) cover  the remaining $97 million over 5 years. There are several ‘agrees to’ for both sides that are worth checking out, such as to attempt to rename to Arizona Coyotes and to keep the team there for 23 years.
  • Spector’s Hockey: He’s hearing that Marco Sturm could be dealt to the LA Kings today.
  • Sam Kasan of Penguins coach Dan Bylsma had this to say about the report that Jordan Staal had another broken bone in his hand,

    “If you’re referencing an internet report that said there was another break, then that is not true,” Bylsma said. “He’s continuing on the same course. He has the pin out. There is calcification and we have another scheduled x-ray. We hope to continue seeing the healing that is taken place. He’s on that rehab program.”

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Milan Hejduk scored that game winning goal last night, but left shortly after with a groin pull. They’ll no more on the extent of the injury today as groin injuries usually worse after the first 24 hours.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: NJ Devils Gionta and Magnan cleared waivers yesterday. The Blues put Chris Porter on waivers.
  • Linus Omark shootout goal is his first NHL game. Reactions from Damian Cristodero’s article: “A … joke,” left wing Ryan Malone said. Asked if it was disrespectful, defenseman Mattias Ohlund said, “Absolutely.” “It’s embarrassing for him,” Ellis said. “You come into a league, a respectful league like this, and you try a little move like that. It’s not a very classy thing. That’s just the kind of person he is.”

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