Time for another Phoenix Coyotes update that isn’t really an update since there’s no real news to report.
“The process continues to move forward and there don’t appear to be any roadblocks that would derail it,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells the Arizona Republic’s Lisa Halverstadt.
The league is hoping to reach a formal agreement to sell the franchise to former Sharks executive Greg Jamison.
Meanwhile, the City of Glendale, which owns the arena where the Coyotes play, is facing a budget crisis that’s already led to layoffs. And if a deal with Jamison is officially struck, the city is expected to pay a $17 million arena-management fee next fiscal year, plus a similar annual fee into the future.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.