Author: Cam Tucker

Judge grants Coyotes’ temporary restraining order to keep Glendale from voiding arena deal

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The latest developments in the case of the Arizona Coyotes versus the City of Glendale occurred following a hearing Friday afternoon.

From Peter Corbett of azcentral.com:

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge granted the Arizona Coyotes’ request for a temporary injunction to keep the City of Glendale from voiding the team’s arena deal during a hearing Friday afternoon in downtown Phoenix.

According to the Maricopa County Superior Court’s Twitter account, the next court date for this case is June 29. The news on Friday comes after a contentious city council meeting Wednesday, when the City of Glendale voted to cancel its arena-management agreement with the Coyotes.

Coyotes co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc made it clear the organization planned to not only file for a temporary restraining order, but a request for injunctive relief and a claim for damages for up to $200 million.

Blackhawks’ Keith among elite company for playoff assists

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With one more assist, Duncan Keith would tie Bobby Orr for the fourth highest total for assists in one playoff by an NHL defenseman, which means he’s among elite company.

The 31-year-old Keith has 18 helpers in these playoffs for the Chicago Blackhawks, who find themselves in a 2-2 series tie with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the Stanley Cup.

According to the NHL, there are only four defenseman in league history with more assists in one playoff than Keith. That list includes Paul Coffey (25 in 1985); Al MacInnis (24 in 1989); Brian Leetch (23 in 1994); and Orr (19 in 1972).

With a maximum of three games remaining in this series, it may be too much for Keith to break Coffey’s record, set 30 years ago.

But the post-season Keith — already a two-time Stanley Cup champ and two-time Olympic gold medalist — has put together puts him into the conversation for the Conn Smythe Trophy.

It could be that Keith joins Orr for fourth all-time on the aforementioned list, and perhaps even passes him Saturday when the Blackhawks face the Lightning in Game 5.

Of course, Keith would probably prefer a win for his team.

Leafs’ Granberg undergoes surgery to repair torn Achilles

Toronto Maple Leafs depth defenseman Petter Granberg has undergone surgery to repair a torn Achilles suffered while training in Sweden, the club announced Friday via Twitter.

According to the Leafs, Granberg is expected to be out a minimum of four months.

A fourth-round pick of the Leafs from 2010, the 22-year-old Granberg has played a total of eight games for Toronto’s NHL team, including seven games last season.

Granberg spent the majority of this past season with the Toronto Marlies in the American Hockey League.

Report: Hurricanes aren’t seeking to trade Eric Staal

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With speculation about the future of Eric Staal, especially with the NHL Draft only two weeks away and with one final season left on his contract, the Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly not looking to trade their captain.

“No, not at this point,” Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis told WRALSportsFan.com about whether the club was seeking to trade the 30-year-old Staal.

Staal, who has played his entire career so far in Carolina, is coming off a 54-point season, playing in 77 games with the Hurricanes. It’s his lowest point total in a non-lockout year since his rookie season in 2003-04.

He’s also entering the final year of his current contract, which comes with a cap hit of $8.25 million and a no-trade clause, while paying him $9.5 million for the last season.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Staal’s agent Rick Curran and Francis were expected to meet to discuss Staal’s future with the team.

Sabres felt an interview with McDavid may be ‘wasting his time,’ says Buffalo’s top amateur scout

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Having fallen to the No. 2 pick in this year’s NHL Draft, it seems the Buffalo Sabres have resigned themselves to the fact they very likely won’t be getting Connor McDavid.

According to NHL.com, the Sabres hadn’t interviewed McDavid and didn’t have any plans on doing so during the Scouting Combine, which is in Buffalo, where the Sabres finished the regular season dead last in the overall standings and had the best chance at getting the first overall pick via the lottery.

It didn’t work out that way, however. Now, it’s expected the Edmonton Oilers will take McDavid with the top selection.

“We haven’t interviewed McDavid and we probably won’t,” Sabres’ director of amateur scouting Greg Royce told NHL.com this week.

“We just thought maybe it was wasting his time (to schedule an interview). We’d love to meet him and bring him in. But at the same time, we know him, he’s a great kid, smart kid and we have no issues with him.”

At second overall, the Sabres seem in prime position to select Jack Eichel, the Boston University star who has shown this week to be a very confident individual with his skills as a hockey player.