Author: Cam Tucker

Report: ‘Contentious relationship’ between Coyotes, Glendale ongoing for past six months


The city of Glendale voted to terminate its arena-management agreement with the Arizona Coyotes. So, the Coyotes went forward with plans to obtain a temporary restraining order to stop Glendale from voiding the arena deal, which a judge granted eight days ago.

Seems like a toxic enough situation, right?

Well, the layers into this ongoing saga continue to be peeled back, reportedly revealing months worth of quarrelsome back-and-forths between city staff and Coyotes executives, according to

The latest From TSN’s Rick Westhead:

Emails between city staff and Coyotes executives document a contentious relationship over the past six months, during which time the Coyotes allegedly opposed the city’s move to hire professional sports executive Tony Tavares to oversee an audit of the NHL team, and bickered over whether the team was purposely delaying that audit.

The emails also reveal that the city has made Coyotes officials aware as early as March of their concerns that Coyotes lawyer Craig Tindall might inappropriately use information he obtained while previously working for the city to help the Coyotes.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Glendale filed a motion in court to withhold a $3.75 million payment to the Coyotes.

Oh, and in case you’ve forgotten, the Coyotes have the third overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft and are loaded with picks through the first three rounds. They are also apparently open to using “assets” should they come across what GM Don Maloney recently called the “right deal.”

Comcast founder Ralph Roberts ‘will be dearly missed,’ says NHL commissioner


The National Hockey League has sent its condolences to the family of Ralph Roberts, the founder of Comcast who passed away Thursday in Philadelphia at the age of 95.

“Ralph Roberts was an innovator, a visionary who revolutionized the cable industry and the patriarch of an outstanding family,” said NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in a statement.

“Founder of Comcast and chairman emeritus, Ralph was a devoted partner and friend of the National Hockey League. We send deepest condolences to Ralph’s family and his countless friends. He will be dearly missed.”

Comcast acquired the majority stake in NBC Universal, which includes the NBC Sports Group, in 2009. Two years later, the NHL and NBC Sports Group struck a record 10-year television and media rights deal.

Roberts founded Comcast in 1963, and transformed it from “humble roots as a small, regional cable company into the global Fortune 50 media and technology leader it is today,” Comcast said in a statement on its website.

“Ralph was a born entrepreneur, a visionary businessman, a philanthropist and a wonderful human being.  Ralph built Comcast into one of America’s greatest companies and his vision and spirit have been at the heart of Comcast and our culture for 50 years.  He will be truly missed.  Ralph’s greatest love was his family, and our deepest sympathies go to his wife Suzanne and the entire Roberts family.”

The futures of four marquee Hurricanes players rest with one agent, one GM


There is an interesting dynamic brewing with the Carolina Hurricanes when it comes to four of their top players, including Eric and Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner and goalie Cam Ward.

All four are represented by the same agent in Rick Curran, and Carolina general manager Ron Francis will have some important decisions to make about the futures of all four players, most notably Eric Staal, who is entering the final year of his contract, which includes a no-trade clause.

From the Raleigh News & Observer:

Basically, every high-priced, popular, star player the Hurricanes might even consider trading as part of a rebuilding process has the same agent, and this summer brings a new kind of time pressure.

Both Eric Staal and Ward need to be either re-signed or traded, because their contracts are up after next season. Jordan Staal is signed to a long-term contract but came here to play with his brother and may not want to stay without him. Skinner has three years left on his contract but is one of the Hurricanes’ most marketable assets.

As the NHL Draft nears — it was only two weeks away, as of Friday — the speculation around the future of the elder Staal, the Hurricanes captain, could intensify. It’s worth noting that on Friday, it was reported that Francis is not seeking to trade Staal at this point.

Report: Ducks’ Thompson suffered two labral tears, expected out five to six months


Surgery performed this week on Anaheim Ducks forward Nate Thompson has reportedly revealed further damage to his injured shoulder.

According to a report from Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register on Friday evening, the operation revealed two labral tears, with a recovery time of five to six months for the 30-year-old Thompson.

The Ducks stated that Thompson would undergo surgery on Thursday. The hard-hitting forward missed the first round of the playoffs because of injury, before returning to the Ducks lineup against the Calgary Flames.

In his first season with the Ducks, Thompson scored five goals and 18 points in 80 games, before scoring twice with six points in 12 playoff games.

Avalanche move Sherman to senior VP of business and team operations


Once the general manager of the Colorado Avalanche, Greg Sherman has now been named the senior vice-president of business and team operations with the same club, as per an announcement on Friday.

Sherman has spent the last 14 years in the Avalanche front office. That includes the GM role from 2009 to 2014.

Last September, prior to the start of the regular season, Joe Sakic took over the GM job, bumping Sherman to an assistant general manager position.

“Greg’s role with the Avalanche has changed over the years, but his commitment and passion for the franchise has never wavered with different responsibilities,” said Avalanche president Josh Kroenke in a statement, adding there is no change to hockey operations.