The Phoenix Coyotes and the City of Glendale’s ownership saga has been full of so many low moments and false beacons of hope that it’s understandable that many people might be jaded about the situation at this point. That being said, the two sides found a new light at the end of the tunnel in former San Jose Sharks executive Greg Jamison, whose offer reportedly wouldn’t even require the use of bonds – the main sticking point that drove Matt Hulsizer’s potential deal into the ground.
In fact, positivity is rising to the point that some Glendale officials brought up the seemingly far-flung idea of the Coyotes being sold to Jamison’s group or one other mystery ownership group before the end of 2011. Of course, the key phrase from Lisa Halverstadt’s report is that “they are cautiously optimistic.” If you’ve followed this situation during the last few years, you’re probably aware that the situation can turn on a dime – the hope here is that it makes a rare pivot toward the good side of things, though.
It’s important to note that there are still some significant area politicians who haven’t even seen Jamison’s offer and the exact terms (i.e. the amount offer) have not been disclosed yet either.
Council members, who returned last week after summer break, say they are heartened by the progress. Manny Martinez and Joyce Clark, who spoke with The Republic, are hopeful that a deal could close before the end of the year.
Vice Mayor Steve Frate said he was happy to hear about potential owners who see a promising future for the Coyotes.
“They are two entities that believe this business franchise, if run properly, is a good investment,” he said.
Council members Norma Alvarez and Phil Lieberman did not attend the latest closed-door briefing and said they needed to see proposals before they could support them.
So, again, it’s important to note that the team and city have a long way to go from “cautiously optimistic” to pouring champagne over each others’ heads after the ink dries on a new agreement. That being said, there have been many bleak moments in this situation, so you cannot fault Glendale officials for seeming a bit giddy with the idea of a legitimate suitor coming along.
As always, we’ll let you know the latest details as the next twists and turns take place.
The Los Angeles Kings may owe Mike Richards money until 2031 (seriously), but in settling his grievance, the team and player more or less get to turn the page.
Not before Kings GM Dean Lombardi shares his sometimes startling perspective, though.
Lombardi has a tendency to be candid, especially in the press release-heavy world of sports management. Even by his standards, his account of Richards’ “destructive sprial” is a staggering read from the Los Angeles Times’ Lisa Dillman.
“Without a doubt, the realization of what happened to Mike Richards is the most traumatic episode of my career,” Lombardi said in a written summation he provided to the Los Angeles Times. “At times, I think that I will never recover from it. It is difficult to trust anyone right now – and you begin to question whether you can trust your own judgment. The only thing I can think of that would be worse would be suspecting your wife of cheating on you for five years and then finding out in fact it was true.”
Lombardi provides plenty of eyebrow-raising statements to Dillman, including:
- He believed he “found his own Derek Jeter” in Richards, a player who “at one time symbolized everything that was special about the sport.”
- Lombardi remarked that “his production dropped 50 percent and the certain ‘it’ factor he had was vaporizing in front of me daily.”
- The Kings GM believes that he was “played” by Richards.
Again, it’s a powerful read that you should soak in yourself, even if you’re unhappy with the way the Kings handled the situation.
Maybe the most pressing of many lingering questions is: will we get to hear Richards’ side of the story?
Despite owning two Stanley Cup rings, there are a healthy number of people who aren’t wild about Jonathan Quick.
Those people might feel validated through the Los Angeles Kings’ first two games, as he followed a rough loss to the San Jose Sharks with a true stinker against the Arizona Coyotes on Friday.
Sometimes a goalie has a bad night stats-wise, yet his team is as much to blame as anything else. You can probably pin this one on Quick, who allowed four goals on just 14 shots through the first two periods.
Things died down in the final frame, but let’s face it; slowing things down is absolutely the Coyotes’ design with a 4-1 lead (which ultimately resulted in a 4-1 win).
A soft 1-0 goal turned out to be a sign of things to come:
Many expected the Kings to roar into this second game after laying an egg in their opener. Instead, the Coyotes exploited Quick’s struggles for a confidence-booster, which included key prospect Max Domi scoring a goal and an assist.
It’s worth mentioning that Mike Smith looked downright fantastic at times, only drawing more attention to Quick’s struggles.
After a troubled summer and a failed 2014-15 season, Los Angeles was likely eager to start things off the right way.
Instead, they instead will likely focus on the fact that they merely dropped two (ugly) games.