It looks like the ongoing saga to find an owner for the Phoenix Coyotes might not be resolved in the near future, based on a report from Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.
The City of Glendale isn’t likely to meet Renaissance Sports and Entertainment — the prospective owner of the Coyotes — request for $15 million to manage Jobing.com Arena and help secure a $125 million loan. The Council reportedly doesn’t have confidence in the team because of the level of debt they already have.
So will the franchise move to Seattle? Maybe, but it might not happen soon.
Despite reports that the league has a plan ready to move the team to Seattle and the city Mayor’s assertion that KeyArena could support an NHL team, Kypreos doesn’t believe the city is an immediate option.
Of course, nothing is official yet. And…
The Council is scheduled to hold a closed-door meeting today.
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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.