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.
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day