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NEW YORK (September 16, 2013) – Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been automatically suspended for 10 regular-season games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a Game Misconduct penalty for leaving the bench on an illegal line change to join an altercation during NHL Preseason Game No. 9 against Los Angeles Sunday night in Glendale, Arizona.
At 12:09 of the first period, Bissonnette was assessed a Game Misconduct penalty under Rule 70.6, which states: “A game misconduct penalty shall be imposed on the player who was the first or second player to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation, from either or both teams.”
The suspension is mandated by Rule 70.10, which states: “The first player to leave the players’ or penalty bench illegally during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation from either or both teams shall be suspended without pay for the next 10 regular League and/or playoff games of his team.”
from QMI AGENCY/Toronto Sun,
It didn't look good for Coyotes defenceman Rostislav Klesla as he took a brutal hit to the head Sunday night and had to be taken off on a stretcher during a pre-season NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings.
Unfortunately, the game was not televised locally, but was recorded.
One of two games played between both clubs -- one in Glendale, Ariz., the other in L.A. -- saw Klesla lay motionless on the Jobing.com Arena ice about halfway through the first period following an open-ice hit by the Kings' Jordan Nolan. Coyotes' Martin Hanzal went after Nolan, and both received roughing minors.
When both minors expired, it was time for retribution. All hell broke loose shortly after Nolan and Hanzal left the penalty box. In all the excitement, Paul Bissonnette also jumped over the boards to take part in the melee. Bissonnette was given a game misconduct and could be facing a minimum 10-game suspension for leaving the bench.
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
The NHL is in the early stages of a 10-year television deal that pays the league $2 billion, one that expires after the 2020-2021 season. But Doan thinks the numbers are going to get much better in the future, envisioning a day when the local broadcast rights exceed what the entire league currently receives.
That’s why the NHL’s best captain is so happy. He believes in the Coyotes’ front office, the blue line, the system and the goaltender. The stability of new ownership means that he and his teammates are no longer “Coyotes’ apologists,” and no longer “the weird kids on the block.”
He also believes Gosbee and LeBlanc will succeed where others have failed because of the shifting value of television advertising. His bosses aren’t just buying a financially-troubled franchise, thereby inheriting an unsolvable math problem.
They are purchasing a stake in the NHL, at a glorious time to be a sports owner.
“That would be my opinion,” Doan said.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed left wing Mikkel Boedker to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We are pleased to sign Mikkel prior to the beginning of training camp," said Maloney. "Mikkel is an important player for us and having him under contract makes us a better team."
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Coyotes will be launching their new marketing campaign for the 2013-14 NHL season on Sunday, September 8. The new campaign is called “Hungrier Than Ever”.
The campaign, which was developed by Cramer-Krasselt in Phoenix, builds off the Coyotes previous “Here To Stay” campaign which communicated the message of ownership stability and commitment to the Arizona sports market and fans. The new campaign reflects the fact that the Coyotes are not satisfied yet. Now that new ownership is in place and the team is “Here To Stay”, the Coyotes are hungry for more. The team is excited about a new era of hockey and hungry for the Stanley Cup.
from Paul Giblin of the Arizona Republic,
A linchpin of the deal that kept the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale was expected revenue from parking and other fees.
But the hockey franchise’s new parking plan depends partially on the far-fetched scenario that hockey fans will pay $10 to $30 to park in lots controlled by the team, rather than access free parking in adjacent lots — some of which are closer to the arena.
Both the Coyotes’ lots and the free lots are within the Westgate Entertainment District, which features Jobing.com Arena, the AMC Westgate 20 movie theater and about 25 bars, restaurants and retail outlets.
The Coyotes manage about 5,500 parking spaces in the entertainment district, while Westgate manages about 3,000.
Previously, most parking for Coyotes games was free.
That will change with the first 2013-14 preseason game on Sept. 15, when the Coyotes will become the final team in the National Hockey League to charge for all spaces the team controls.
Parking fees are critical to the Coyotes’ new management-agreement with Glendale to run the city-owned arena where the Coyotes have played since 2003.
When is the NHL going to repay Gretzky? I brought it up several time in interviews on the 25th anniversary story. All that expansion money owners got when they expanded to Anaheim, San Jose, Florida, Tampa and Nashville, for instance. Thanks, Gretz. But, the thanks goes a little deeper. Gretzky, by reports, is still owed about $8 million in apparently deferred salary from the Phoenix Coyotes when trucking magnate Jerry Moyes walked away, leaving the NHL holding the bag. They idn’t want Blackberry founder Jim Balsillie buying the club and moving it to southern Ontario, and folks like Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and businessman Matt Hulsizer looked at the books and backed away.
-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal where you can read more on this topic.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Gilbert Brule will in fact be getting that second chance at the NHL he was hoping for when training camp opens next month.
The former Vancouver Giants star has confirmed earlier rumblings that he has signed a professional tryout agreement with the Phoenix Coyotes, the team to which he was slated to return at the conclusion of last season’s lockout. But things had not gone well for Brule while he was playing under former Vancouver Canucks coach Marc Crawford in Zurich of the Swiss league at the outset of last season and, of course, before that, as earlier reported in The Province. Brule stepped away from hockey to get his life in order.
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