Andrew Barroway has no plans to sell the Arizona Coyotes.
“We’re not relocating and I have no exit strategy here,” Barroway told Arizona Sports yesterday. “My son would never forgive me. He (Jake) is transferring to the University of Michigan to study sports management and the plan is, when he is old enough, he’ll be the future governor (of the team). I’m not flipping it. This is a family enterprise. This is the longest long term you can picture — beyond my lifetime. I want this team to be in the family for generations.”
The Coyotes held a press conference yesterday to introduce new head coach Rick Tocchet and new president and CEO Steve Patterson.
Also present was Barroway, who promised to get a new arena built that would keep the Coyotes in the Phoenix area but allow them to move out of Glendale.
“Failure is not an option,” said Barroway. “We’re going to get a new stadium here.”
After a disappointing season that started in Toronto, Jhonas Enroth is off to the KHL.
The 29-year-old goalie has signed a one-year deal to play for Dinamo Minsk.
Last season, Enroth was signed to be the Maple Leafs’ backup. But he got off to a tough start and ended up in the minors. Eventually, he was traded to the Ducks and played for their AHL affiliate in San Diego.
Enroth had joined the Leafs after a solid year in Los Angeles as the Kings’ backup; however, he didn’t enjoy how little he played behind Jonathan Quick.
“If you sign a guy for $1.2 million,” he said, “you’re not going to play him 13 games, in my opinion.”
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The Carolina Hurricanes may have found a new owner that’s willing to keep them in Raleigh.
According to Bloomberg’s Scott Soshnick, the former Managing Partner and CEO of MLB’s Texas Rangers, Chuck Greenberg, is “close” to a deal worth approximately $500 million to buy the ‘Canes.
The Hurricanes’ current owner, Peter Karmanos, has been exploring sale options for a while now. As time passed, reports emerged that he’d be willing to sell, even if the team was relocated. And weren’t hockey fans in Quebec City happy to hear that.
But NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has repeatedly shot down any relocation speculation.
“There’s no imperative for the franchise to be sold on any immediate basis, and the franchise is not moving,” Bettman said in January.
Karmanos, who moved the franchise from Hartford in 1997, has guaranteed that “the Hurricanes will not become the Nordiques.”
As for the potential new owner, differences with partner Nolan Ryan led to Greenberg’s resignation from the Rangers in 2011. (For more on that, click here.)
Greenberg then considered buying the Dallas Stars, only for them to be sold to Tom Gaglardi.
This from reporter Jeff Gravley of WRAL-TV in Raleigh:
We wrote yesterday that Lias Andersson would “get every opportunity” to make the New York Rangers next season.
Today, Andersson — the seventh overall pick in last month’s draft — agreed to terms on his entry-level contract with the Blueshirts.
The Rangers were able to select the 18-year-old center with the pick they received from Arizona, along with Anthony DeAngelo, for Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta.
“Obviously my goal is to play in the NHL,” Andersson said after he was selected. “I know it’s tough, and if I don’t make it, maybe play in the American League or play back home in Sweden. I don’t know yet. We’ll figure something good out.”
Andrei Loktionov is giving it another shot in North America.
The Los Angeles Kings confirmed today that Loktionov will attend training camp on a professional tryout. The 27-year-old center has been in the KHL the past three seasons.
Loktionov was a fifth-round draft pick of the Kings in 2008. He split his time with the organization between the AHL and NHL, before getting traded to New Jersey in 2013, then getting traded again a year later to Carolina.
In 155 career NHL games, Loktionov has 22 goals and 26 assists.
Loktionov got to hoist the Stanley Cup in 2012; however, he only appeared in two games of the Kings’ postseason run.