The Phoenix Coyotes and the city of Glendale, Arizona have not yet officially altered the lease that is hampering the sale of the franchise. Rebekah Sanders of the Arizona Republic writes that – contrary to what was reported by ESPN -the city has “not officially ‘approved’ proposals because the discussions have occurred only during private meetings” and that nothing is final until a public vote.
The council was scheduled for another private executive session on Tuesday. Elected officials can give broad guidance to staff at such meetings.
But the council must vote at a public meeting to finalize any changes to the current Jobing.com Arena lease so that taxpayers can see what is being offered. The next regularly scheduled public meeting is April 13. It is unclear whether the council will vote on a lease then.
…The city has the authority to call a special meeting on emergency measures with 24 hours’ notice.
But a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled that the city must make available all records of negotiations with potential new Coyotes owners prior to a vote to give the “institute sufficient time to analyze and bring to the attention of the public . . . any proposed changes to the lease of Jobing.com Arena . . . and comment on any proposed concessions and incentives offered.”
Well, it certainly would be interesting if more information about the negotiations were made public.
This isn’t to say that a promising breakthrough is for naught; instead, it just shows what many people probably guessed already: this saga is far from over. As you may know, the two major parties looking to own the team are Ice Edge Holdings and a group led by Jerry Reinsdorf. Sanders wrote that the lease can be approved even if more than one group is looking to own the team, so this hiccup could be little more than a formality.
We’ll keep an eye on the Coyotes’ ownership (or lack thereof) situation as it develops. Stay tuned.
Mathew Barzal has agreed to terms with the New York Islanders on an eight-year extension, a move that keeps the franchise’s top forward under contract for the balance of his prime.
The deal is worth $73.2 million with an annual salary cap hit of $9.15 million, according to a person with knowledge of the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms.
Barzal has led the team in scoring, or been tied for the lead, every season since he became a full-time NHL player in 2017-18. He has 349 points in 411 regular-season and playoff games for the defensively stingy Islanders, who qualified for the postseason three consecutive times before an injury- and virus-altered last year.
“We feel recharged,” Barzal said recently. “We feel like everybody had good summers and worked hard, and we got that excitement back.”
Barzal, now 25, is coming off putting up 59 points in 75 games. The offensive star will now be asked to round out his game.
“I’m a fan because Mat has the ability to raise his game and to be a special player,” general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters at the team’s practice facility on Long Island. “And now, with this contract and our faith in him, (it) puts that responsibility on him. We’re trusting that. It’s up to him to respond to that.”
OTTAWA, Ontario — Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to be out five to seven weeks with what the team called an upper-body injury.
The Senators initially called Talbot day to day with what they hoped was a minor injury. Instead he’s now expected to miss at least the first month of the NHL season.
Ottawa claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken upon announcing Talbot’s expected absence. Hellberg, who played for Sweden at the Beijing Olympics could split time with countryman Anton Forsberg while Talbot is out.
The Senators acquired Talbot from Minnesota during the offseason to make him their starter after the Wild opted against bringing him back along with Marc-Andre Fleury. Talbot, 35, had a 2.76 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season.
Losing Talbot is a blow to the Senators, who also acquired winger Alex DeBrincat from Chicago and signed longtime Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux as part of a move toward contending and ending their playoff drought.
CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.
The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.
The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.
The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.
The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.
The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.
Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.
The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.