Tag: Phoenix Coyotes sale

Chicago Blackhawks v Phoenix Coyotes - Game Two

Goldwater Institute asks Glendale City Council to kindly not screw taxpayers over Coyotes


The Glendale City Council will soon be voting on a proposal that will see the city fork out $325 million in all to potential Coyotes owner Greg Jamison. Regional watchdog group, the Goldwater Institute, has been involved in the team’s dealings in the past and they’ve got some concerns this time around as well.

Goldwater Institute president and CEO Darcy Olsen sent a letter to the mayor of Glendale and the city council to address their concerns with the potential deal. To sum it up, they don’t want to see the taxpayers in Glendale end up over a barrel thanks to the deal.

Goldwater’s concerns hover around the possibility this deal can bring into effect the “gift clause” that helped kill Matthew Hulsizer’s bid to buy the team. They’re also asking about the cost parking rights, arena use at Jobing.com Arena, as well as the speed all of this is happening.

Goldwater isn’t alone in their worries, but it’s clear the financial issues the City of Glendale have run into recently are wearing on the minds of more than a few locals.

There was some good news for the Coyotes last night

Jobing.com Arena

We know Coyotes fans are bummed out pretty bad about seeing their team knocked out of the playoffs in five games by the Kings, but there was some good news last night.

Round about the same time the Coyotes’ season was coming to an end, the City of Glendale passed a preliminary budget approving $17 million to be set aside to pay prospective owner Greg Jamison to operate Jobing.com Arena. This is the first of three meetings the city will have discussing the budget, but this first step is an important one to show Jamison they’re serious about ponying up to help keep the Coyotes in Arizona.

As you know by now, the NHL reached a tentative agreement with Jamison to buy the Coyotes but there a lot of particulars left to iron out and the lease agreement on the arena is one of the biggest. Should the final budget be approved to pay out the $17 million, the chances Jamison will wind up buying the team and keeping them in Glendale jump dramatically.

A Coyotes season ending in disappointing yet positive fashion but with optimism? That’s a turn for the best.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Dustin Penner’s turnaround is quite remarkable

Dustin Penner

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Did you think Dustin Penner would score the series-clinching overtime goal last night? With how he’s bounced back in the playoffs maybe you should have. (NHL.com)

Things were bad on the ice for the Coyotes but they were better for them off it as the City of Glendale approved a city budget that would help them fix their lease for Greg Jamison to buy the team. (The Hockey News)

Meanwhile, David Shoalts doesn’t see things being quite so rosy with the team and its possible deal. (The Globe And Mail)

Devils players were pretty happy with Peter DeBoer yelling at John Tortorella. Who doesn’t like seeing coach get fired up? (Fire & Ice)

Know who had the best view of the coaches going at it? Pierre McGuire and he shared what it was like. (New York Times)

Nathan Horton is showing progress with his concussion symptoms and that’s great news. (CSNNE.com)

Jaroslav Spacek has nothing but nice things to say about playing in Montreal. (Montreal Gazette)

Hurricanes goalie Michael Murphy is taking his game to Russia and the KHL. (News & Observer)

Scouts have their work cut out for them analyzing this year’s draft class thanks to injuries. (Flames)

The Norfolk Admirals (Lightning) swept the St. John’s IceCaps (Jets) to book their spot in the Calder Cup finals. (Sportsnet)

Meanwhile, the Flyers fired their AHL team’s head coach Joe Paterson. (CSNPhilly.com)

Inside College Hockey is already prepped for next season putting out their Top 10 list for 2013. (INCH)

Darryl Sutter hopes to see the Coyotes stay in Arizona

Los Angeles Kings v Phoenix Coyotes - Game Two
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Today could wind up being a tough day for the Phoenix Coyotes. They’re down 3-0 to the Los Angeles Kings and could be swept out of the playoffs. The more morbid side of things says this could be the final game in Phoenix Coyotes history as the team is still without an owner. While Greg Jamison is looking to get a deal done to buy the team, nothing is close to being finished.

One guy who doesn’t want to see the Coyotes move out of Glendale is Kings coach Darryl Sutter. Sutter spoke with the media yesterday and the Toronto Sun’s Chris Stevenson hears from Sutter that he knows what it’s like to struggle and besides, Arizona is a highlight road trip in the league.

“Heck, I went to San Jose when they were a 60-some-point team. I went to Calgary when there were 8,000 or 9,000 people watching games. If you get a good team, generally you get a chance for people to watch. It would be nice to keep that team in the league. That’s the way everybody looks at it. You guys, too. You want to go to Phoenix. We all do.”

We already know a couple of Nashville Predators who thought Arizona was great and, besides, who doesn’t like having a warm weather oasis to get away to during the season? Picture going from Edmonton to Glendale during January or February. Sweet, sweet relief.

All that said, the possibility of relocation is the last thing on Phoenix’s mind heading into Game 4.

PHT Morning Skate: Where the Coyotes will need more players to step up today

Shane Doan

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

It’s an obvious statement but with the Coyotes down 3-0 in the series, they’re going to need more people to step up to avoid being swept. (NHL.com)

If Phoenix loses their series, is there more reason to worry that they’ve lost more than just a round in the playoffs? (Toronto Sun)

Could Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider stick together next season and for a long time coming? It’s possible. (Vancouver Province)

Dale Hunter could not be happier to see his London Knights play in the Memorial Cup. (Sun Media)

Our thoughts go out to the family of former Buffalo Sabres forward Paul Cyr who died of heart failure at the age of 48. (Buffalo News)