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GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Maloney has signed a long-term contract extension. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are very pleased that Don has agreed to sign a long-term contract extension with the Coyotes," said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. "Since joining the team in 2007, Don has done an outstanding job managing his team and building a competitive roster that has produced on the ice, even given less than ideal circumstances off the ice. The NHL remains committed to securing the Coyotes' future in Glendale under new ownership, and we believe Don's long-term agreement evidences that he is equally committed."
from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,
Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, whose contract with the troubled team expires June 30, is currently in Europe, serving as an assistant coach for Canada at the World Championship, and probably wondering where he will coach in the NHL next season.
The Avalanche has got to be an option, particularly when Canadian centers Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly of the Avs serve as constant reminders that Colorado has a solid young team and is in need of a coach.
In my mind – and others who I have discussed it with – Tippett would be a home-run hire for the Avalanche.
from Dan Bickley at azcentral,
Word is, the investor group has raised $240 million, which is $70 million more than the asking price. It’s willing to absorb $40 million in losses over the first four years of a 15-year deal. It will be seeking an out clause if the economics haven’t changed for the better, likely after five years.
It’s committed to re-signing Don Maloney and Dave Tippett, arguably the best general manager/coach tandem in the NHL.
That’s the good news.
The trick will be if Glendale can reach a lease agreement deal that works for everyone. The city understands the importance of the Coyotes to Westgate, the future of Jobing.com Arena and the Valley’s image as a big-league market featuring all four major professional sports. But it will not bend like it did for Greg Jamison, who would’ve received $308 million over 20 years.
more including Bettman and Daly will be in Phoenix tomorrow...
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- Goalie Mike Smith, a UFA on July 5, is seeking $6 million per-season and has refused to sign a contract with the Coyotes. The decision by Detroit's Jimmy Howard to stay in Motown for a long-term deal means Smith will be one of the most valuable commodoties on the market. He'd be an option for the Flyers if they decide to buyout Ilya Bryzgalov. Another UFA teams will keep an eye on: Chicago goalie Ray Emery.
- Speaking of Bryzgalov, there's an internal debate going on in the Flyers front office about what to do with him next. The belief is owner Ed Snider thinks the Flyers need to give Bryzgalov another season and if it doesn't work out then the club can exercise its buyout next spring. There are some in management who have seen enough and have decided it's time to move on. Should be an interesting off-season.
from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,
Coyotes COO Mike Nealy voiced confidence the franchise would be back in Glendale next season.
“This is a hockey town. You guys make it a hockey town,” said an emotional Nealy during the first period of the game. “The NHL belongs here. See you next year.”
Still, the Coyotes were selling all merchandise at arena shops for 40 percent off and have let their in-store stock of jerseys run out. Arena ushers, staff and fans were all wondering whether it is the last game for this year’s NHL season or the end of the franchise’s tenure in Arizona.
The team does have season ticket prices listed for the 2013-14 season if the team stays in Phoenix.
So what happens next?
In 2011, the Atlanta Thrashers were sold on May 31 to a group that moved the team over the summer to Winnipeg. That sale came just as the Stanley Cup Finals started. It also gave the group time to gear up operations in Winnipeg and for the league to get its schedule for the next season in order. Atlanta also lost a franchise to Calgary in 1980.
Dan Hamhuis gets credit for the goal.
If you want more of the Phoenix talk, Cotsonika now has an article up on it at Yahoo.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
League sources say a decision on the future of the Phoenix Coyotes is imminent. While NHL commissioner Gary Bettman leads with an iron fist, his leadership took a hit during the 113-day lockout and I'm told he's getting heat from owners to settle this mess. "In Canada, the fans have been very forgiving," said a league executive. "There are 20 owners in the United States who are sick of writing cheques for $1 million to prop this thing up." The decision that makes the most sense: Relocate to Quebec City and keep the Jackets in the Western Conference until the NHL expands to 32 teams. The league, however, doesn't always do what makes sense, which means the Coyotes will likely be relocated to Seattle.
more hockey notes including GMs in desperation mode...
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