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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.
from Paul Giblin of the Arizona Republic,
The prospect of buying the Phoenix Coyotes lured four investors from across North America to risk their reputations and fortunes in professional sports.
Just seven months ago, they didn’t even all know one another. But last week, the new partners’ investment group bought the beleaguered franchise from the National Hockey League for $170 million.
The four executives are well-established in the finance and energy industries, but they readily admit that they’re rookies in the sports industry.
During their first official Coyotes news conference at Jobing.com Arena last week, the new team governor, George Gosbee, was asked how running a sports enterprise differs from running other businesses.
“Well, we’re about to find out,” he said.
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
The entire community might even wear party hats if we could convince the new owners to make one final gesture:
Ditch the out clause that could reignite relocation fears within the next five years, one that keeps a clock hanging over this hockey team.
“I don’t understand all the attention it is getting,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “The fact of the matter is, every contract has a term. And this term, for it to be invoked, requires the ownership group to lose $50 million, which I assure you they have no intention of doing.”
Two of the new owners — George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc — also have bemoaned how the out clause has become a source of negativity spoiling an otherwise festive transaction. But they negotiated the clause. If it’s such a non-factor, why was it so important to begin with?
Truth is, the Coyotes must still be a risky proposition, or they would have attracted other big-money investors. Without a spike in business, it couldn’t be that hard to show $50 million in losses.
Besides, smart accountants can perform magic tricks, if they really want to leave.
“Nobody’s playing any games with that,” Bettman said. “When you have this type of clause, you can’t play accounting games. The fact of the matter is it would require them to lose a real $50 million, and as I said, they have no intention of doing that whatsoever.
“And frankly, they’re not incentivized to do that. The best outcome is for the community and fans, the business community, to support the franchise and have this be the huge success we all believe it can be.”
A Q & A with new Coyotes Alternate Governor Anthony LeBlanc who answers some questions about taking over the ownership of the team.
from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,
It just wouldn’t be the Phoenix Coyotes ownership saga without a few more twists and turns.
Renaissance Sports and Entertainment — the group of business executives and oilmen from Canada and Texas who aim to buy the Coyotes — has until Monday, Aug. 5, to finalize its purchase of the team from the National Hockey League.
The Monday deadline is part of the city of Glendale’s 15-year, $225 million arena deal that enables Renaissance and its Ice Arizona entities to secure financing and keep the team in Arizona.
But two sources familiar with the Coyotes deal say some financing for the sale has either not been finalized or has dropped out of the deal.
One local business executive said prospective owners are meeting with financiers and the NHL on the matter.
added 8:23am, Updated story from Sunnucks,
Two local business executives familiar with the Coyotes situation earlier this week told the Phoenix Business Journal that RSE group was still finalizing financing and other parts of the deal. They also said some financing may have not been totally lined up, or needed to be replaced.
That solicited a strong denial from RSE and Ice Arizona executive Daryl Jones. Others close to the deal and supportive of it also insist the sale is on track toward completion.
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