Uh oh, here we go again.
Bob McCown of radio station FAN 590 and journalist David Shoalts discussed the fact that a crucial $100 million public bond issue failed, potentially derailing the $170 million sale of the Phoenix Coyotes. It’s true that the Coyotes could find a private deal to drum up that big chunk of change, but both McCown and Shoalts agree that finding a private avenue would be very unlikely.
Does this mean that we’re going to see a rebirth of the Winnipeg Jets or the Quebec Nordiques anytime soon? Not necessarily, but if they cannot find that $100 million, there’s a threat that the Coyotes won’t play in Phoenix much longer.
As McCown discussed, the NHL has denied the failed public bond, so this is far from official. Still, it’s a situation to watch, as the Coyotes’ future in the desert might be in jeopardy once again.
(H/T to Mark Fraser.)
Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.
Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.
Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”
The greatest mullet in sports history is making a comeback.
According to the Miami Herald’s George Richards, Jaromir Jagr says he’s bringing back the party in the back.
“I have to,” Jagr, 43, said.
Jagr’s teammate with the Florida Panthers, goalie Roberto Luongo, appears to have been the lead lobbyist in all this.
Anyway, this is fantastic.