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Report: Even with big playoff success, Coyotes would lose money in Glendale

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Former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison might be the best ray of hope for the Phoenix Coyotes* to stay in that area, but that doesn’t mean it’s a perfect situation for the City of Glendale. An Arizona Republic study of the latest proposal shows that even a lengthy run of playoff success might not make the team profitable.

Prepare for a disturbing (yet abridged) rundown of the dire financial situation for Glendale and the Coyotes, even if it’s not quite shocking.

A Republic analysis revealed that even if the Coyotes went to the Stanley Cup Finals for the next 20 seasons and the arena booked 30 sold-out concerts each year for the next 20 years, Glendale could still expect to lose about $9 million annually.

That figure does not include the city’s annual arena debt payments, which will average about $12.6 million a year over the next 20 years.

Longtime Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs, who has said next year’s budgeted $17 million arena management fee is too steep, said Monday she cannot support the deal.

It pretty much keeps getting worse for Glendale/the Coyotes in this report, including a bit where Mayor Scruggs points to dispiriting developments such as the fact that the city “won’t see the construction of new city facilities or park upgrades for at least the next five years.”

It’s not about losing, but how much they lose

Here’s the thing, though. Saying the Coyotes probably won’t be “profitable” seems to belabor the point. The real important factor here is for Glendale; the city is likely to lose a significant amount of money one way or another. Depending on a new deal, the Coyotes have the potential to limit those losses, which is something that tends to get lost in all the doom and gloom.

Yes, it’s a bummer of a situation, but ultimately it might come down to a decision that is the lesser of many evils. Let’s not forget that – ignoring admittedly important factors like market factors and arena details – the Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins seemed doomed going into the last summer of CBA negotiation, too.

Still, it’s a complicated and potentially worrisome situation, but hopefully a best case scenario resolution comes to fruition once all the smoke clears.

* Or maybe Arizona Coyotes?

BREAKING: Flames fire head coach Bob Hartley

Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley gives instructions during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Saturday, March 5, 2016. The Flames won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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The Calgary Flames have decided to move on from head coach Bob Hartley. The team made the announcement via their Twitter account on Tuesday morning. Associate coach Jacques Cloutier has also been informed that he won’t be back next season.

Hartley and the Flames surprised many last year when they won 45 games and made the postseason. Hartley was awarded the Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s top coach.

What a difference a year makes. Unfortunately for the Flames, they won just 35 games in 2015-16 and finished 26th in the overall standings.

More details to come.

Kris Letang will have a hearing for hit on Marcus Johansson

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Many expected it to happen and now it has. The NHL’s Department of Player Safety confirmed that Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will have a hearing for his hit on Caps forward Marcus Johansson in Game 3.

After Brooks Orpik was suspended three games for this hit on Olli Maatta in Game 2, many people are expecting a similar outcome for Letang. It’s important to note that there are certain similarities between the two hits, but there are also some key differences.

Both victims definitely took shots to the head, there’s no doubt about that, but to say that the hits are identical isn’t accurate. First, although Letang’s hit appears to be late (0.6 seconds after the puck is gone is considered late), it isn’t as late as Orpik’s hit on Maatta. Another key factor to consider is that unlike Maatta, Johansson returned to the game.

Letang was given a two-minute penalty for interference on the play.

TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie breaks it down perfectly:

A decision is expected to be made later on today.

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoffs schedule for tonight

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The Stanley Cup playoffs continue with three games on Tuesday night. You can catch tonight’s games via the NBC Sports Group’s television and digital platforms.

Tampa Bay at NY Islanders (7:00 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 3 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

San Jose at Nashville (9:00 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 3 will be on the USA Network. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

Dallas at St. Louis (9:30 p.m. ET)

The TV broadcast of Game 3 will be on NBCSN. To stream the game using the NBC Sports Live Extra app, click here.

Here’s some reading material to get you ready for tonight’s action:

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PHT Morning Skate: Adam Henrique wants to make NHL 17 great again

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Martin Jones is a calming presence in the Sharks’ net. (Sports Illustrated)

–The Rangers should go after Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. (The Hockey News)

–Some people have pretty wild hockey tattoos. (BarDown)

–Watch the highlights of last night’s game between the Penguins and Capitals. (Top)

–A great piece on how Bruce Boudreau impacted the Ducks and Capitals. (Sportsnet)

–It should be an interesting off-season for the Anaheim Ducks. (Daily Breeze)

Adam Henrique is a funny guy. He took to Twitter to try and get himself on the cover of NHL 17: