As we mentioned earlier this week, the chances of Matt Hulsizer becoming the new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes is increasingly approaching 100 percent with every new bit of news.
Rebekah Sanders of the Arizona Republic reports that the deal is getting that much closer to fruition, sharing some details regarding the Glendale City Council meeting that took place on Friday. (Beyond the previous bit of information that there would be a vote regarding whether to approve a new lease on Tuesday.)
Sanders reports that the new deal would pay Hulsizer $197 million over the next five years, with $100 million of that money going to him once he buys the team next week. The other $97 million would go to the Coyotes for operating the area arena during non-hockey events, such as concerts, according to Sanders. The city hopes to recoup the money by charging between $5 and $20 for parking (and also selling naming rights for the lots).
Politicians look at the deal in two general ways: as a necessary compromise or a ridiculous concession.
In exchange for the up-front payment, Glendale will take over rights to 5,500 parking spaces in lots surrounding the arena. Use of those lots had previously been controlled by the arena’s tenant, the Coyotes. The city plans to repay the debt by implementing arena-parking fees of $5 to $20 during hockey games, concerts and other events, as well as selling advertising and naming rights on the lots.
Mayor Elaine Scruggs has said the city would suffer if the team left. “What shall we do, lock it up, turn off the lights and then pay the debt on the arena?” she asked this week at a community meeting.
But Councilman Phil Lieberman blasted the deal as “ridiculous” Friday night. He said Glendale cannot afford the terms of the agreement.
A statement issued by Hulsizer’s group said he is “making a strong financial commitment to build a great organization and will work tirelessly to earn the hearts and minds of our fans.”
For more details on the potential deal, click here. It sounds like the Coyotes will stay in Phoenix and continue to play in Glendale … even if it costs the city a great deal.
The Buffalo Sabres have recalled forward Justin Bailey from AHL Rochester.
It’s the first time Bailey, a second-round pick in 2013, has ever been called up to the NHL. The 20-year-old joins the big club after piling up 11 points (5G, 6A) in his last eight games for the Americans.
Most Sabres fans will know that Bailey is from Buffalo (technically, Williamsville), the son of former Bills linebacker Carlton Bailey. (To learn more, click on this Buffalo News story from July.)
The Sabres play Thursday in Philadelphia, where Bailey will reportedly make his NHL debut.
To make room for Bailey on Buffalo’s roster, Zemgus Girgensons (lower body) was placed on injured reserve.
Thing have gone from bad to weird in Minnesota, where embattled Wild coach Mike Yeo was “disappointed” to see Zenon Konopka’s rabbit holding a sign that read, “YEO MUST GO.”
Hey, we told you things had gotten weird.
Konopka, a former Wild player, took to Twitter last night after Minnesota’s latest loss.
Here’s what Konopka tweeted:
And what did Yeo think about that?
“I really don’t care what he says,” he told the Star Tribune, apparently adding with a laugh, “I will say I was very disappointed to see Hoppy holding that sign.”
Now, according to the newspaper’s Michael Russo, “Konopka and Yeo had a lot of issues behind the scenes and that’s why [Konopka] ended up on waivers two Januarys ago.”
Still, that doesn’t change the fact that a lot of Wild fans agree with Hoppy, er, Konopka, and it doesn’t change the fact that the Wild could really, really use a win tomorrow at home to Washington.
Nice work from Artem Anisimov and Matt Niskanen this week, but Connor McDavid‘s tally is on a different level.
You can pretty much bank on McDavid being in Goals of the Year, too. Just saying.
Laurent Brossoit is getting another crack at the NHL.
On Wednesday, the Oilers announced they demoted Anders Nilsson — who, earlier this year, was carrying the starting gig in Edmonton — and recalled Brossoit from AHL Bakersfield.
Brossoit, 22, is an interesting story. Taken in the sixth round of the 2011 draft (164th overall), he’s really made strides over the last year. He made his big-league debut at the end of last season and performed extremely well, making 49 saves on 51 shots in a loss to San Jose.
This year, Brossoit was named an AHL All-Star. He’s posted a 14-8-3 record for the Condors thus far, with a 2.70 GAA and .921 save percentage.
As for Nilsson, his demotion comes after losing the starting gig to Cam Talbot. Nilsson has also struggled to find the good form shown in November, when he made 10 starts and posted a .915 save percentage.
In his last outing, the lanky Swede allowed three goals on 10 shots in an embarrassing 8-1 loss to the Isles.