We’ve been down this road before so we know how quickly things can change.
According to a report out of the Phoenix Business Journal, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will be in Glendale today to announce the league has reached a tentative deal to sell the Phoenix Coyotes to Greg Jamison. As you know by now, Jamison is the former San Jose Sharks CEO and he’s looking to close a deal to keep the team in Arizona.
Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal explains that if this is the case, things are still far from being completed.
It also sets the stage for a city of Glendale vote on payments to the Jamison group to facilitate the sale and help the group absorb some short-term financial losses. The Coyotes lose $20 million to $25 million per season. The city will pay new Coyotes owners to run Jobing.com Arena.
The City of Glendale has a City Council meeting slated for Tuesday, however a vote on the deal is not on the agenda and does not appear likely to be added to the docket. The Coyotes have been in ownership limbo since 2009 and if this deal is approved and gets the OK from the Goldwater Institute (meaning they won’t try to intervene with litigation), the league’s long fight to keep the team in Glendale will have paid off.
Update (10:15 a.m. ET): Kevin Allen of USA Today confirms an announcement will be made in Arizona today.
Derek Roy has finally found work — but it’s not in the NHL.
Roy, who spent the entire preseason in Washington’s camp on a PTO, has signed with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A, the club announced on Friday.
The news comes after Roy narrowly missed out on making the Caps roster, and just one year after he had something of a bounce-back campaign in Edmonton, scoring 22 points in 46 games while developing chemistry with young winger Nail Yakupov.
A 12-year NHL veteran, Roy is one of the more prominent names to be squeezed out of work this season, and head overseas. The 31-year-old has scored over 500 points in 738 career contests, and has twice represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships.
With Bern, Roy will play on one of Switzerland’s stronger teams, alongside a trio of ex-NHLers: Chuck Kobasew, Andrew Ebbett and Cory Conacher.
Robin Lehner might not be back anytime soon.
Making his debut with the Buffalo Sabres, the 24-year-old goaltender couldn’t complete Thursday’s game against his former squad, the Ottawa Senators, due to what has now been revealed to be a right leg injury.
When he left the arena, he was wearing a walking boot on that nearly went up to his knee.
“It doesn’t look like it’s short term,” Sabres coach Dan Bylsma told the Buffalo News. “It’s more than day-to-day at this point, but we need to evaluate further.”
It’s a rocky start to what’s an important campaign for Lehner. He has been given an opportunity to demonstrate that he’s ready to be a starting goaltender after being acquired by the Sabres over the summer, but it looks like that will have to be postponed.
While he’s sidelined, Chad Johnson is likely to be leaned on heavily.