Things seemed to be too quiet out of Arizona lately concerning the Coyotes so it’s high time something happened. Word came down early Tuesday morning that Jerry Reinsdorf’s group to buy the Coyotes, Glendale Hockey, has officially and totally pulled out of negotiations for the team.
In the statement, the Reinsdorf group, known as Glendale Hockey, called the decision to pull out “a difficult one because of our respect for the mayor, the council and management of the city.”
“Ultimately we came to the conclusion it was time to move on,” Reinsdorf said. “We were happy to serve a critical role for the City to keep the team in Glendale and we look forward to assisting the city in the future on other projects both as a company and individually.”
The statement concluded with the Reinsdorf group wishing “Glendale, its citizens and the fans of the Coyotes the best.”
This is all likely just window dressing for the Glendale city council which will be holding a private vote on Tuesday evening to approve Ice Edge Holdings for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to give them exclusive negotiating rights for the Coyotes. Reinsdorf and his group getting out of the way is just a mere formality to pass the torch to them. The downside here, however, is that it leaves Ice Edge Holdings as the only group left available to buy the team. If you’d like to read the details of the MOU between Glendale and Ice Edge, feel free to scope it out here (PDF). One side fun part to the MOU is that if Ice Edge wins out, the team will then be known as the Arizona Coyotes. Nothing screams “success” like emulating the NFL’s Cardinals.
Should Ice Edge Holdings be the group to buy the team and do so by June 30th, they’ll keep the City of Glendale off the hook for $25 million dollars the city has set aside to make sure the NHL, the Coyotes current owners, aren’t on the hook for the team’s financial losses. After all, what’s worse than one owner losing $25 million? 29 other owners chipping in to cover losing $25 million.
The doom and gloom aspect to all this now is that should Glendale, the NHL and Ice Edge not find a way to come to some agreement, this could put an end to the Coyotes run in Arizona as the NHL has now made no bones about looking for another owner who is willing to move the team. David Thomson and his True North group are the most talked about potential buyers as they wish to move the team back to Winnipeg.
Henrik Lundqvist has had two tough starts since returning from injury.
The 35-year-old allowed five goals in his first game back, a 6-3 loss to Anaheim Sunday, and five more in his second game, a 5-4 OT loss to San Jose Tuesday.
But Lundqvist is still the No. 1 in New York, and for that reason he’s scheduled to start four of the Rangers’ five remaining regular-season games, with the hope he’ll be able to play his way back into form in time for the postseason.
Lundqvist was not happy after Tuesday’s loss to the Sharks, even though the point the Rangers gained earned them a playoff berth.
“I’m extremely disappointed right now,” he told reporters. “I’m glad we’re in, but I want to get the job done. I want the win. We found a way to lose this one at the end.”
With the loss, Lundqvist’s save percentage fell to .911 on the season. If it finishes at that number, it would be the lowest save percentage of his NHL career.
Antti Raanta‘s save percentage, meanwhile, sits at .922. In his last start, he shut out the Kings in Los Angeles.
The Rangers host Pittsburgh tomorrow and Philadelphia Sunday. Next week, they’re in Washington Wednesday, Ottawa Saturday, and then they close out their schedule at home to Pittsburgh Sunday.
Raanta will start one of the final two games.
The Rangers are likely to face Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs.
Two days after Sam Reinhart was bolted to the pine for the entirety of Buffalo’s 3-1 loss to Columbus — his punishment for showing up late to a team stretch — Reinhart discussed the incident, and didn’t sound overly thrilled about how it played out.
“It’s a coach’s decision. It’s a management decision,” Reinhart said, per the Buffalo News. “From my perspective, I would have rather battled it out with my teammates.
“I don’t think five minutes in the morning is going to influence my preparation for a game, but it was a team stretch and I should have been there on time.”
Reinhart also had this to say:
Discipline of this nature is pretty common, though the way Reinhart’s played out was a bit more dramatic. Rather than park him in the press box as a healthy scratch, the Sabres — who didn’t have an extra forward, as Kyle Okposo was out sick — dressed the 21-year-old, then sat him for the entire 60 minutes.
The Buffalo News said the move “would seem to send a deeper message than merely being scratch,” adding that “there has been friction between players and [Sabres head coach Dan] Bylsma throughout the season.”
In the club’s defense, Reinhart is hardly the first young player to be punished for lateness. Nikita Zadorov had repeated issues with punctuality and, after being suspended, was eventually traded to Colorado. Evander Kane was parked for a game last season after sleeping in and missing a practice.
Of course, each situation is unique and some will argue showing up five minutes late for a stretch isn’t on par with what Zadorov and Kane did. Which is fair. That could be why Bylsma said the club might consider a policy change.
And that could by why Reinhart’s teammate, Jack Eichel, tried to put things in perspective.
“We’re obviously not going to hold it over his head here,” Eichel said, per the News. “He didn’t really do too much wrong.”
Another day, another North Dakota departure.
Having already lost freshman Tyson Jost (signed with Colorado) and sophomore Brock Boeser (signed with Vancouver), the school has now learned that junior blueliner Tucker Poolman has signed an entry-level deal with the Jets.
Poolman, 23, was taken by Winnipeg in the fifth round (127th overall) at the ’13 draft. From the Free Press:
UND’s top defenceman was playing between 25 and 30 minutes per game and was the fourth-highest scoring blue-liner in the NCHC. He finished the season with seven goals, 30 points, 14 penalty minutes and a plus-18 rating in 38 games.
Poolman’s final campaign ended on a sour note. He suffered a shoulder injury during the NCHC championship game and was unable to play in North Dakota’s season-ending loss to Boston University in the NCAA championships.
His Swedish season over, defenseman Gabriel Carlsson is coming to North America to play some hockey.
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Carlsson, the 29th overall pick in the 2015 draft, has been assigned to AHL Cleveland.
From the press release:
Carlsson, 20, recently completed his second full season with Linköping HC in the Swedish Hockey League where he collected two goals and two assists for four points with six penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 40 games.
Linköping was eliminated from the SHL playoffs on Tuesday.
Carlsson is listed at 6-4 and 191 pounds.