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Roger Millions reports from Calgary where pending Arizona Coyotes owner George Gosbee comments on the flooding that has damaged his home and whether the Coyotes can profit in Arizona.
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Next on the list is to upgrade the team's offence. Adding scorers tends not to happen cheaply. But that's the fun kind of gossip. The future of the Arizona Coyotes? Everyone will be happy to see that story go away for awhile.
-Elliotte Friedman of CBC where you can read more on the Coyotes staying in Phoenix.
AZCentral is covering the meeting live, so you may want to check that out.
The meeting starts at 10:00pm ET and Gary Bettman and Bill Daly will be in attendance.
I am sure most of know what is at stake tonight, a yes vote from the council probably means the Coyotes stay in Phoenix, a no vote may force the NHL to look at relocation.
Either George or I will try to update the results, of course depending on the length of the meeting.
You may be able to watch a stream of the meeting here.
added 10:44pm, RSE attorney...
added 11:00pm, Bettman took the podium for about three minutes..
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Negotiations with goalie Mike Smith were sluggish once the season ended because management couldn’t offer reassurances on where the team would play next season or who would be in charge.
It wasn’t until Seattle was positioned as the alternative home for the franchise that Smith had enough clarity to recommit by signing a six-year extension worth approximately $34 million.
“A month ago, we didn’t know where the team was going to be and I think it’s known now it’s going to be in Phoenix or Seattle,” Smith said. “Both me and my wife, my family, feel very comfortable with either of those situations.”
Smith had been keeping tabs on Renaissance Sports & Entertainment’s bid from Vancouver, where he’s spent most of his off-season, but regardless of that outcome, the 31-year-old is comfortable with his support system – from management to teammates.
“I really believe in where this franchise is going and hopefully it’s in Phoenix but if it’s not, I believe in the group and the core we have and I think that was the main selling point,” Smith said. “I think it’s a fair deal for both sides, and I believe we can build a winning team down the road here. Hopefully we have a core group of guys that we can build a winning team on an every-season basis, and hopefully we can start that next year.”
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed goaltender Mike Smith to a six-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We are pleased to sign Mike to a multi-year contract," said Maloney. "Mike has emerged as a top NHL goaltender with his size, athletic ability and strong work ethic. He is capable of leading us to a Stanley Cup championship, the goal of our franchise. This is an important signing for our Club."
"I'm thrilled to re-sign with the Coyotes," said Smith. "We have a great young team and an excellent coaching staff and management team. I've really enjoyed playing in the Valley the past two seasons and this is where I wanted to stay."
from the CP at TSN,
The Phoenix Coyotes' four-year bid for stability will finally come to a close soon.
With Tuesday night's Glendale City Council meeting, the Coyotes will find out if the city will approve an arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, which has an agreement in place to buy the franchise from the NHL.
Should the council approve the 15-year, $225 million deal for Jobing.com Arena, the path will be cleared for the Coyotes to stay in Arizona.
A vote against the lease agreement means the Coyotes are almost certainly headed out of town for good.
With the way things have been going with this, I would not be surprised to see another delay in the process.
from Paul Giblin of the Arizona Republic,
Negotiations to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Arizona fell to a new level of chaos Friday evening, with both Glendale officials and the team’s prospective owners saying they cannot overcome their latest impasse.
Unless the sides somehow overcome their differences during the next few days, the Coyotes’ fate seems sealed.
Call in the moving vans. Destination: unknown.
The impasse arose Friday during what was supposed to be a public workshop to discuss a proposed agreement between the council and the prospective team owner, IceArizona, an investment group headed by partners doing business as Renaissance Sports & Entertainment. The agreement is for IceArizona to use and manage Jobing.com Arena.
But council members revealed during the hearing that earlier that day they had devised a counterproposal. Specifically, they wanted a five-year out clause that mirrored provisions IceArizona executive had given themselves.
added 12:54pm, via Craig Morgan TwitLonger,
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers' characterization of July 2 as an artificial or forced deadline: "He can characterize it the way he wants, but it is what it is. We either get certainty in Glendale by July 2, or we immediately pursue our other options outside of Glendale. We have already gone past the date we were comfortable accommodating in the first place. I hope for the sake of the Coyotes fans in Glendale that they don't lose the team because of a miscalculation made by members of the City Council."
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