Author: Jason Brough

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NHL, Coyotes deny report that team is moving to Vegas


From the New York Post:

Sin City is getting hockey, two sources close to the situation told The Post.

The NHL is arranging the sale of the Arizona Coyotes to billionaire William Foley who will move the team to Las Vegas giving it its first major professional franchise, one source said.

Foley will move them for the 2016-17 season, the source said.

Both the Coyotes and the NHL are vehemently denying the story:

But this isn’t the first time this scenario has been reported. In October, before the City of Glendale voted to cancel the Coyotes’ lease, the Post cited a source that said the club could move to Vegas, as new owner Andrew Barroway saw “flipping the team as a good investment.”

Stafford ‘closing in’ on deal with Jets (Update: two years, $8.7 million)

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Drew Stafford is “closing in on a deal to remain a Winnipeg Jet,” according to his agent, Scott Bartlett.

Bartlett tweeted the update out this afternoon.

We wrote about Stafford’s pending UFA status here.

It was reported earlier this month that Stafford and the Jets were working on an extension.

The 29-year-old winger was traded from Buffalo to Winnipeg in February and proceeded, according to Jets coach Paul Maurice, to make a “huge impact” with his new team.


Club press release here.

Seattle group to apply for NHL expansion team

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From Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times:

As noted in that tweet, Bartoszek is behind the plan to build an arena in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila.

No confirmation if Victor Coleman, at one time (and maybe still) affiliated with Chris Hansen’s SoDo arena plan, will also apply.

The latest on that, from King 5’s Chris Daniels:

And from the Seattle Times:

Talks continue between Hansen and would-be NHL partner Victor Coleman over funding such a venture. A spokesman for Murray said last week that no deal between the two had been forwarded his office but expressed optimism that the NHL-imposed August deadline would expedite talks.

The NHL’s “formal expansion review process” will begin July 6, with applications accepted no later than August 10.

Applications are already expected for expansion teams in Las VegasToronto and Quebec City.