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The latest on Coyotes’ ownership, arena situations

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Wednesday presented some interesting developments in the seemingly never-ending story that is the Arizona Coyotes’ ownership/arena situations.

ArizonaSports.com’s Craig Morgan provides two updates – one on each topic – with the general takeaway being that there are some positives, even if it’s a work in progress (as usual).

Andrew Barroway might not go away after all: Back in July, it looked like Barroway would shift away from being the Coyotes’ principal owner. It sounds like he’s had a change of heart.

Morgan reports that Barroway expects to maintain his majority (at least 51 percent) stake in the team. It reportedly has nothing to do with the arena search that really kicked into gear in early November.

Possible home at Arizona Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum?: Morgan’s other update reveals that the franchise “met at least twice” with officials of that arena to find a temporary home for the ‘Yotes once their lease agreement expires with Glendale in 2017.

Morgan provides far more details here, including these bits:

Arizona Sports reported on Nov. 2 that there are at least three possibilities for a new home for the Coyotes in the Valley after their agreement with Glendale expires following the 2016-17 NHL season: a shared arena with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns downtown, an arena that could be shared with Arizona State University’s hockey team (possibly on campus), and an arena along the 101 corridor.

Any of those options would require significant planning and construction time, so the Coyotes could need a temporary home for several years. The Coyotes practiced at the Coliseum when they first arrived in the Valley from Winnipeg for the 1996-97 season. They also held their first training camp there.

Interesting stuff, right?

If nothing else, it seems like no stone is being left un-turned.

Report: Nick Bjugstad is out indefinitely for Panthers

Nick Bjugstad

There isn’t a ton of good news regarding big Florida Panthers forward Nick Bjugstad, but at least it sounds like he isn’t dealing with a concussion.

At least, that’s the belief, according to George Richards of the Miami Herald.

The latest on Bjugstad is that he’s out indefinitely with … whatever his upper-body injury is.

What, exactly indefinitely means most immediately is that is he’s in Florida and is not expected to travel with the Panthers for Saturday’s game against the Boston Bruins. So that basically cancels him out for the next two Panthers games (again).

It’s certainly a frustrating development for Bjugstad, as Florida must hope that he’ll really start to approach his prime at 23. He’s the sort of guy who may make the difference between the Panthers being a bubble team or a playoff entrant, but he has to get back into the lineup first.

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry – (Bruins at Habs, Pens at Avs)

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You don’t really get more “rivalry” than the Montreal Canadiens vs. the Boston Bruins.

Most obviously, it’s perhaps the sport’s most history-rich give-and-take. Even if you throw out the grainy videos of disdain and playoff squabbles, the two competitive teams have developed plenty of contemporary distaste.

It all boils down to a great way to kick off what should be an entertaining doubleheader on NBCSN. You can stream Bruins – Habs below.


After that, you have a battle of two No.1 picks from Nova Scotia (they’ve even done cheesy Tim Horton’s commercials together) as Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins take on Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche.

Sure, both teams are struggling, but all that firepower could amount to a great time. Stream below.


Robbed of Bob: Bobrovsky reportedly out about three weeks

Sergei Bobrovsky

Here’s the update that Columbus Blue Jackets fans were fearing: Sergei Bobrovsky will miss about three weeks with a lower-body injury, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

This is an estimation, but that would probably mean that we won’t see “Bob” until early 2016, although these timelines aren’t always ironclad.

Bobrovsky was injured during Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

Columbus has already made adjustments with Bob out, as they recalled Joonas Korpisalo.

Even with signs of improvement, the Blue Jackets are currently the worst team in the NHL with 24 points in 29 games played (three other teams have 24 points but games in hand). It would be surprising if Columbus made any big moves considering the hole they find themselves in, but you never know.

Well, at least Radim Vrbata wasn’t easy to play against for Canucks

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For at least one night, the Vancouver Canucks weren’t that easy to play against … or at least Radim Vrbata was tough to stop.

He generated his first hat trick as a member of the Canucks on Monday, powering a 5-2 win against the Buffalo Sabres.

In the process, the Canucks ended an odious five-game losing streak that prompted captain Henrik Sedin to say that he’d love to play against Vancouver in its current state.

Does one win against a franchise that’s still finding itself in Buffalo really erase that? Nah, but it still must have been a relief to end the skid, especially with Ryan Miller beating his old cronies.

And, hey, as of this moment they’d be a playoff team, so it’s not all bad for the Canucks.