Elaine Scruggs

Glendale’s mayor won’t seek re-election as Coyotes remain in limbo


Glendale’s mayor, Elaine Scruggs, will not be seeking a sixth straight term. The 68-year-old announced her decision late Tuesday before leaving for vacation.

Scruggs has been Glendale’s mayor since 1993, and while she’s best known by hockey fans through the city’s involvement with the Phoenix Coyotes, she was clearly popular with voters to last as long as she did in the position.

But as The Arizona Republic reports, “She was facing the toughest campaign of her political career amid talk of closing pools and libraries to buttress a budget pressured by the city’s venture into professional hockey…The search for an owner for the Phoenix Coyotes, who play at a city-built arena, remains unresolved after three years. The city pledged $50 million to the National Hockey League to manage the team and arena the past two years.”

(Image via Glendale website: Mayor Scruggs, along with city council members, officially break ground for Jobing.com Arena in 2002.)

Jason Demers tweets #FreeTorres, gets mocked

Los Angeles Kings v San Jose Sharks - Game One

Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.

We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.

It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”

Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)

Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.

So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”

… You get the idea.

The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.

The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.

Bruins list Chara on IR, for now

Zdeno Chara

Those who feel as though the Boston Bruins may rebound – John Tortorella, maybe? – likely rest some of their optimism on the back of a healthy Zdeno Chara.

It’s possible that he’s merely limping into what may otherwise be a healthy 2015-16 season, but it’s definitely looking like a slow start thanks to a lower-body injury.

The latest sign of a bumpy beginning came on Monday, as several onlookers (including CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty) pointed out that Chara was listed on injured reserve.

As Haggerty notes, that move is retroactive to Sept. 24, so his status really just opens up options for the Bruins.

Still … it’s a little unsettling, isn’t it?

The Bruins likely realize that they need to transition away from their generational behemoth, but last season provided a stark suggestion that may not be ready yet. Trading Dougie Hamilton and losing Dennis Seidenberg to injury only make them more dependent on the towering 38-year-old.

This isn’t really something to panic about, yet it might leave a few extra seats open on the Bruins’ bandwagon.