Last week, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said “there don’t appear to be any roadblocks that would derail” a sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to a group of investors led by former Sharks CEO Greg Jamison. However, according to a Forbes report, Jamison is having trouble raising the money to purchase the club and keep it in the desert.
The NHL is believed to be asking $170 million for the franchise it bought out of bankruptcy in 2009.
Assuming the report is accurate, perhaps investors are hoping the league will drop its price.
Or, perhaps investors weren’t encouraged by the fan response to the Coyotes’ playoff run and are having second thoughts. We only say this because it was reported in April that Jamison had “brought together the investment money necessary to purchase” the team.
Regardless, time is really running out to get a deal done. Last year, the NHL confirmed the Thrashers would move to Winnipeg on May 31.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.