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Report: Barroway completes buyout of minority owners in Arizona


Andrew Barroway is now the sole owner of the Arizona Coyotes following the completion of his buyout of the club’s minority owners, according to a report from Arizona Sports 98.7 that cited anonymous league sources.

Barroway’s plan to buyout his partners was initially reported during the Stanley Cup Final last week.

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The buyout means all the members of the IceArizona ownership group that purchased the team from the NHL in August 2013 will no longer be with the organization. That list includes co-owner and alternate governor George Gosbee, co-owner, alternate governor and president of hockey operations, Gary Drummond, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc, co-owners David Duckett, Bill Dutton, Craig Stewart, Scott Saxberg, Robert Gwin and others.

Barroway had initially considered bringing in additional investors such as Tampa Bay Rays minority owner Randy Frankel, but this buyout was completed through a loan with MGG Investment Group, a specialty finance group focused on direct lending. League sources said Barroway was also able to remove the NHL’s portion of the loan through MGG.

It appears NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has released a comment on the matter:

The Coyotes are still pursuing options for a long-term home arena, following commissioner Gary Bettman’s comments in March, saying the franchise will not remain in Glendale.

The league approved the sale of the Coyotes to Barroway in 2014.

Related: Arizona lawmaker suggests Coyotes pledge more money for new arena

NHL Draft first round order is set


The Stanley Cup playoffs are over. Where did the time go?

The offseason has officially started. Oh boy!

On Monday, the NHL released the draft order for the first round, which goes June 23 in Chicago. The lottery at the end of April established the order from picks one through 15, with the New Jersey Devils moving up to secure the No. 1 overall selection.

Here is the remainder of the order from the league:

The Stars and Coyotes each have a pick within the top 10, but they also have another first-round selection later on. Dallas’ general manager Jim Nill has talked about potentially moving the third overall pick. One area of concern for the Stars this offseason is likely on their blue line. The Blues also have two first-round selections.

Meanwhile, three teams — the Capitals, Ducks and Wild — don’t have selections in the first round. Minnesota has reportedly been linked to trade discussions with the Boston Bruins, who could use an upgrade by adding a top-four defenseman to their blue line and seem open to moving their 18th overall pick.

Matt Murray makes history with Stanley Cup victory


Matt Murray has gone into the Stanley Cup record books.

Still technically a rookie, Murray became the first goalie in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup in each of his first two seasons thanks to a 27-save shutout in the Penguins’ 2-0 championship clinching victory Sunday. They repeat as champions, becoming the first team to do so in the salary cap era.

Yes, he and his team benefited from a quick whistle that nullified what would’ve been the opening goal of the game for Nashville, before the Penguins stunned the Nashville crowd with the opening goal — and eventual winner — with 1:35 left in regulation.

Officially, Murray finished the series with two shutouts, regrouping from a pair of difficult outings in Nashville earlier in the series.

“He was in a zone. The last two games,” said Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford. “When he’s like that, you can’t score on him.”

The Penguins’ celebration was full of special moments. Ron Hainsey, who is 36 years old and a veteran of more than 900 NHL regular season games but had never played a postseason game until this spring, getting the nod to lift the Stanley Cup first after Sidney Crosby was one of those.

So, too, was Marc-Andre Fleury handing the Stanley Cup to Murray.

Fleury’s time with the Penguins may soon be coming to an end. But, with Murray injured, Fleury played a pivotal role in getting the Penguins through the first two rounds, including a second-round defeat of the Capitals.

When Murray was healthy and Fleury faltered versus Ottawa, coach Mike Sullivan decided to make a change in net, giving Murray the starting role once again. He and the Penguins never looked back.

“I talked at the start of the season about keeping two goalies,” said Rutherford. “And these guys did exactly what I hoped they’d do.”

In the end, they both lifted the Stanley Cup. Not a bad way for Matt Murray to finally shed that rookie title.

Penguins’ Murray can make history in Game 6, but he isn’t too concerned with that

A year ago, Matt Murray had a street (temporarily) named after him as he backstopped the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Stanley Cup, despite only 13 games of NHL regular season experience under his belt.

This spring, he didn’t get into a playoff game until Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final.

An injury to Murray at the beginning of the postseason combined with the solid play of veteran Marc-Andre Fleury delayed the former’s appearance in these playoffs.

However, the 23-year-old goalie has not relinquished the starting duties since they were bestowed upon him again versus the Senators, and now he has a shot at making history Sunday in Nashville.

The Penguins lead the Predators 3-2 in the Stanley Cup Final.

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No netminder has ever captured the Cup in each of his first two seasons in the NHL. The list of rookies who tried – and failed – is both short and impressive.

Ken Dryden. Patrick Roy. Cam Ward.

That’s it. Ward’s Hurricanes, coached by Laviolette, didn’t even make the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2007, the year after their win. Roy’s Canadiens got the closest, bowing out in the 1987 conference final. Dryden’s Habs never made it out of the first round in 1972.

The home team is 5-0 in this series, as noted many, many times since the Penguins crushed the Predators in Pittsburgh on Thursday. At the center of the road team’s struggles has been the play of their starting goalies away from home.

Pekka Rinne had two subpar starts to open the series at PPG Paints Arena, but was much better when the Predators returned to Nashville. Murray was better at home, but had a pair of tough outings on the road. Despite that, coach Mike Sullivan decided to stick with Murray for Game 5 and his team was rewarded with a 24-save shutout in a contest that soon disintegrated into a lopsided slugfest.

Now, the Penguins are on the verge of winning it all again. And Murray is on the verge of history.

“I know I personally don’t spend much time thinking about it,” Murray told

Report: Sabres waiting to interview Housley for head coaching gig


Phil Housley still has work left to do with the Nashville Predators.

Win on Sunday, and the Predators extend the Stanley Cup Final versus the Pittsburgh Penguins to a Game 7 on Wednesday, which will apparently extend the wait of the Buffalo Sabres to interview Housley for their head coaching vacancy.

Housley is currently an assistant coach with the Predators, but has garnered plenty of attention for a potential bench boss gig, given his work with Nashville’s vaunted defense.

The latter two names in that report are interesting, as well.

Tocchet’s coaching career has mostly been as an assistant, a title he currently holds in Pittsburgh. But he does have 148 games of NHL head coaching experience with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Meanwhile, Jacques Martin’s head coaching experience in the NHL dates all the way back to 1986, and includes a pair of Eastern Conference Final appearances with Ottawa and then Montreal.

Both Tocchet and Martin also have a connection and familiarity with recently hired Sabres general manager Jason Botterill, who came to Buffalo after 10 years in the Penguins front office, including time as an associate GM.

Tocchet has made it known he would like another shot at an NHL head coaching job.


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