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from Sarah Pringle of Cronkite News,
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at Westgate City Center usually commands a full house before and after Phoenix Coyotes games at the adjacent Jobing.com Arena.
The National Hockey League lockout is costing McFadden’s between $18,000 and $25,000 per game, according to manager Aaron Hernandez.
“We’re missing out every game,” Hernandez said. “Usually Westgate is flourishing by now.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
For Shane Doan and the rest of his Phoenix Coyotes teammates, it’s a double dose of uncertainty these days.
Being locked out and unsure of when they’ll be able to resume their NHL livelihood is stressful enough, then add in the fact the perpetual ownership saga in Phoenix remains unresolved, and you've got one lousy situation altogether.
But Doan, the Coyotes' captain and face of the franchise for all these years, is trying to maintain a strong front as he waits out both situations.
"You just try to cross each bridge when you get to them," Doan told ESPN.com Thursday. "I know that’s kind of cheesy but that’s what it is. You hope both situations get done soon."
from the CP at TSN,
Brett MacLean was in the prime of his life.
Just 23 years old and coming off a 25-goal season in the American Hockey League, MacLean was working towards a full-time spot with the Phoenix Coyotes this summer when he joined some friends in Owen Sound, Ont., for a pick-up game.
Little did he know, it would be the last time he pulled on skates as a professional.
"I remember going to the arena and going on the ice and that's it," MacLean said during a recent interview. "I guess 40 minutes in I made a pass and just collapsed."
He was experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. In top physical shape, and with no history of heart disease, MacLean's life hung in the balance. The survival rate in Canada for out-of-hospital cardiac arrests is just five per cent.
from Sanu Munshi of the Arizona Republic,
Glendale and potential Phoenix Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison appear to be at or near an agreement on a renegotiated deal to keep the hockey team at Jobing.com Arena.
Interim City Manager Horatio Skeete "will present the final agreed upon restructuring terms" to elected officials on Tuesday, according to a workshop agenda posted on Friday.
from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,
A council agenda for the Oct. 2 meeting says Skeete “will present the final agreed upon restructuring terms” of the arena package.
Glendale officials, however, stopped short of saying a new deal was struck or imminent. A Jamison representative declined comment on the status of the talks.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
This much we know: that Horatio Skeete, the acting city manager for the City of Glendale, told councillors there in an in-camera meeting earlier this month the deal was to have been completed by Thursday and it was not.
That news is coming amid claims by one industry source the deal is, in fact, dead and Jamison has not been able to raise the money to purchase the team from the NHL. It was reported in early August Jamison, the former CEO of the San Jose Sharks, had come up with the final $20 million he needed to fund the $170 million purchase of the team from the NHL. (According to our source, Jamison had to come up with $70 million toward the purchase price.)
Nothing has been heard since then and if Jamison were to have all his financial affairs in order to purchase the team, wouldn’t things have moved forward in the almost two months since then? The only thing that has really happened since then is captain Shane Doan signing a four-year, $21.2-million contract, but that was more necessitated by the impending lockout than it was a reflection of the status of the Coyotes. To this point, neither a deal has been reached between Jamison and the City of Glendale to restructure the team’s lease with the Jobing.com Arena nor has Jamison purchased the team from the NHL, which has been operating it since 2009.
One member of the NHL’s board of governors reached by THN.com said he hasn’t heard anything one way or another on the status of the Coyotes purchase, but said he doubts the deal with Glendale will ever get done.
more plus some CBA talk...
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
Step after clunky step, Bob Francis arrives for his morning workout.
He grits his teeth. He jerks his walker forward, followed by an awkward swing of the leg.
His body has atrophied. His balance and equilibrium are gone.
The former Coyotes coach can no longer stand on his own two feet.
Onlookers at a Scottsdale health club try not to stare. But his determination is both inspiring and heartbreaking. Especially for those who recognize the face, the mustache, the man who was once named best coach in the NHL.
“People here, they’re all curious,” said Francis, 53. “They don’t want to ask, but they want to know: Were you in a serious car accident? Do you have MS (multiple sclerosis)? Do you have brain function problems?
“It’s a long process trying to explain everything. No, I wasn’t in a serious car accident. No, I’m not dying. I wish I had an explanation.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The Tohono O’Odham Nation, which is in a court battle with the City of Glendale over the native tribe’s bid to build a resort and casino adjacent to the suburban community, has emerged as a key player in the potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes.
A source familiar with developments in Greg Jamison’s attempts to buy the financially troubled NHL team said the Tohono O’Odham will be his major investor (whether as a partner or lender has yet to be revealed). The tribe could hold as much as a 50-per-cent interest if Jamison is able to complete the $170-million (U.S.) purchase.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed captain Shane Doan to a four-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are thrilled to sign Shane to a long-term contract,” said Maloney. “Shane is our captain and the heart and soul of our franchise. He is the consummate professional and one of the best leaders in the NHL. His loyalty, commitment, integrity and passion for the game epitomize everything you’d want in a player. It was a priority for us to sign him to a long-term deal so that he can play for the Coyotes for the remainder of his career.”
from Mike Sunnucks of the PhoenixBusiness Journal at The Sporting News,
Prospective Phoenix Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison is working out new terms for an arena management deal with Glendale City Manager Horatio Skeete that could see a new agreement and final purchase of the team happen as soon as Friday.
That would keep the team in the Phoenix market and conclude a convoluted three-year process to sell the team. Jamison and Skeete are meeting today and working on a new arena deal after Glendale backpedaled on a 20-year, $300 million arena payment package to the Coyotes suitor.
The deal, if it closes on Friday, would also be wrapped up before the presumed start of the NHL lockout on Saturday. The Coyotes' troubled financial situation is a major argument in favor of expanded revenue sharing, which is a tentpole of the NHLPA's offers.
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