Korobov, 25, signed a two-year entry-level deal with Tampa in 2012 after a stint with KHL Dynamo Minsk. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Belorussian rearguard spent most of his time in North America with AHL Syracuse — helping the Crunch reach the Calder Cup finals — and appeared in three games for the Lightning last season, registering one assist.
It’s worth noting, however, that Korobov was one of the six players Tampa Bay made a qualifying offer to earlier this week — one of just two d-men to receive one (the other was Andrej Sustr.) Fellow RFA d-men Keith Aulie and Charles Landry were allowed to walk and head to unrestricted free agency; while Korobov won’t play in North America this year, his NHL rights will remain property of Tampa Bay.
‘Highly unlikely’ Suns will pursue shared arena with Coyotes
Sarver said building a new arena would have “maybe made more sense” four or five years ago when the cost estimate was $450 million to $500 million. The costs now, Sarver said, are “significantly higher.” Thus his focus on upgrading Talking Stick, which soon will be the second-oldest arena in the NBA.
“I think it’s the most economically viable alternative for the city and us,” he said. “I like downtown Phoenix. That’s my first preference. I think the NBA is more of an urban game. That’s our demographic.”
Talking Stick Resort Arena, formerly called America West Arena when the Coyotes played there, was designed for basketball and isn’t ideal for hockey. In that way, it’s a lot like Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which hasn’t been a great fit for the Islanders.
“Get ready, the Stanley cup is coming to town!” Crosby confirmed in the tweet sent late Tuesday night. “I will be taking Lord Stanley to the streets Monday August 7th in the Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day parade.”
The parade, part of annual events that celebrate Halifax’s birthday, also happens to fall on the Pittsburgh Penguins captain’s 30th birthday.
Natal Day chairman Greg Hayward said he expects another 25,000 people will be lining the parade route on top of the roughly 40,000 usual attendees.
“It’s extremely exciting to think that we’re going to have Sid and the Cup in our Natal Day parade,” Hayward said Wednesday.
Crosby has shown off the Stanley Cup twice before in his hometown of Cole Harbour, just outside Dartmouth, in 2009 and 2016.
Last July, Crosby carried the Cup in the back of a pickup that made its way to an arena in Cole Harbour as thousands of cheering fans looked on in sweltering heat.
Arbitration hearing looming for Arvidsson, who broke out in big way last year