“There are so many mistakes in the TSN story today that there are simply too many to refute. For example, the revenues quoted are off by a significant factor; the Coyotes no longer have a banking relationship with Fortress; the Coyotes are in compliance with the arena management agreement and there is no basis whatsoever for the city to assert a material breach, and on and on.”
That’s the response from the Arizona Coyotes, per Craig Morgan of FOX Sports Arizona, after today’s story by TSN business reporter Rick Westhead, which we passed along earlier.
On Twitter, Westhead responded to the response, writing that the Coyotes’ owner, Andrew Barroway, had the “chance to address every fact in story before it was posted. He chose not to.”
Caps fans still holding out hope that Mike Green can be re-signed may be buoyed by what the 29-year-old defenseman had to say today.
“I want to win the Cup,” he said, per the Washington Post’s Alex Prewitt. “It’s not about money.”
Green, a pending unrestricted free agent, has been quite open about his desire to remain with the Capitals.
“My heart is in Washington,” he said in March. “It always will be until something else happens. My focus is here. My focus is winning a championship here and giving that to the fans. As an organization, that’s what we want as a team. I’m a part of that until the day I die or retire.”
Then, in April, Green called this season’s version of the Caps “by far the best team we’ve had overall.”
Alas, Washington fell short again in the playoffs. (Thanks in part to an ill-advised penalty by Green.) And with the Caps already committed to four blue-liners through at least 2016-17 — Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, John Carlson, and Karl Alzner — unless Green is willing to provide a big discount, it remains hard to see him back next season.
Remember also that new contracts will be needed for pending restricted free agents Braden Holtby, Marcus Johansson and Evgeny Kuznetsov. And the Caps may try to re-sign UFA Joel Ward, too.
We don’t want to read too much into this, but one Capitals player was talking today as if Green would be moving on:
Green had 10 goals and 35 assists in 72 games this season.
Ryan Callahan remains day-to-day after undergoing an emergency appendectomy earlier in the week. It’ll be up to him whether he plays in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final between his Lightning and his former Rangers, slated for tomorrow afternoon at MSG.
Callahan missed Tuesday’s Game 6 of the Lightning’s second-round series versus Montreal, but managed to return to practice yesterday. The 30-year-old winger practiced again today, skating on a line with Cedric Paquette and Jonathan Marchessault.
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper told reporters that it was “a pain-tolerance thing” for Callahan now.
“Ultimately it’s up to Ryan Callahan,” said Cooper.