The saga of the Phoenix Coyotes going from potentially being sold and moved to Hamilton, Ontario to being bought by the NHL and earning home ice in the first round of the playoffs came a little bit closer to coming full circle as Ice Edge Holdings announced today they’ve signed a memorandum of understanding to purchase the Coyotes from the NHL.
What this means is that Ice Edge is hammering out a new lease on Jobing.com Arena with the City of Glendale so they can clear the path to buy the team. With stuff like this you either need a lawyer or a road map to figure out which way things are going, but for fans of the Coyotes this means the team is just a little bit closer to staying in Arizona for the foreseeable future. As always, there are stipulations still to be worked out.
The city council is to vote on the proposal next Tuesday. Chief executive officer Anthony LeBlanc calls it a first step and says there is much work still to be done to secure a final lease agreement.
The lease has always been the sticking point to selling the Coyotes as the City of Glendale doesn’t want to get stuck holding the bag if some whimsical millionaire wants to haul the team out of town should things again fall by the wayside. Not that we know anyone that has ever tried to do that before.
You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.
We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.
“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.
These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.
Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.
It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.
With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.
It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.
Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:
It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).
As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.
Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:
This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.
Update: Bullet dodged?