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from Andrew Gilstrap of ArizonaSports,
One of the Coyotes' new owners described opening day as the culmination of all his work in successfully purchasing the team from the NHL.
"It feels like Christmas morning over here," Anthony LeBlanc told Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf on Thursday. "It's euphoria. We've worked on this (ownership deal) for so long. I've been in and out of this for four years."
LeBlanc, as president, CEO and co-owner of the Coyotes, is responsible for all the hiring within the organization as well as finding sponsorship and media deals for the club. However, the Canada native said he leaves all "hockey decisions" to general manager Don Maloney.
"We look at (Maloney) and we look at (head coach) Dave Tippett as, quite frankly, hockey geniuses," LeBlanc said. "We were very direct in our conversations with the league as we were negotiating that those two gentlemen need to be a part of it. And the league agreed that they are such an important part of the business.
"The good news is (Maloney) has got a little bit more financial leeway than he's had in the past."
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes failed at failing.
And because they did they’re still alive, and their wish has come true.
The ownership group IceArizona rescued the franchise, and the Coyotes will be like the 29 other NHL teams when their season starts Thursday against the New York Rangers at Jobing.com Arena.
But equality never was the ultimate goal. A Stanley Cup is. The Coyotes just believed they needed the presence of ownership to get there.
And now that they have that, it’s time to prove they can be better.
“For four years, we talked about we could be a very good organization if we got stability,” coach Dave Tippett said. “We felt like we had good pieces in place, and there was always the thought stability would get us to the next level. Well, we’ve proven that we can continue to grow. But there’s a big difference between ‘could’ be a good organization and having people say you are a good organization, and now we have to be the ‘are.’ ”
The easiest way to do that is to assemble a core of players integral to the team’s success and keep them together. That foundation has been percolating since Tippett’s arrival in 2009, but long-term addition was a challenge when management couldn’t offer security.
Reports out of Arizona today stated Bissonnette was scheduled to meet with Gary Bettman tomorrow to appeal his automatic 10-game suspension for leaving the bench.
NEW YORK (September 28, 2013) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has reduced Phoenix forward Paul Bissonnette’s suspension from 10 games to three (3) games for his conduct in leaving his team’s bench to join an altercation during NHL Preseason Game No. 9 in Phoenix on September 15, 2013.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc announced today that the Coyotes will be introducing tailgating at Jobing.com Arena for all weekend home games during the 2013-14 Coyotes regular season.
Tailgating on Jobing.com Arena parking lots (A, B, G, J, K and Y) will begin with the Coyotes first weekend regular season home game on Saturday, October 19 when the Coyotes take on the Detroit Red Wings. Game time is 6 p.m. with lots opening at 2:00 p.m. In total, the Coyotes will have 17 tailgating experiences during the regular season.
"We are excited to introduce tailgating prior to all Coyotes weekend home games this season," said LeBlanc. "We are very fortunate to live in a city that has such great weather during the hockey season so we are encouraging fans to come early to our weekend games and enjoy the great atmosphere outside Jobing.com Arena. We are continually looking for new ways to enhance the game experience for our fans."
A complete list of Coyotes games when tailgating is permitted on Jobing.com Arena parking lots is listed below:
Chris Daniels, who has reported extensively on Seattle's arena situation for Seattle's King5 TV, spoke to Sportsnet Radio 590's Bob McCown about the Arena process and the prospect of the NHL coming to Seattle and playing in the existing Key Arena. Includes a discussion about whether the NHL could come to Seattle and when any commitments would have to be made, whether the people of Seattle 'pine' for an NHL franchise, and whether the proposed Arena could be built on the back of an NHL franchise only if the NBA didn't also return to the market.
Listen here (starting at about 31:39)
Thanks to @theYotesHunter for the link and time.
from Chris Lomon of NHLPA.com,
Keith Yandle playing goaltender for the Phoenix Coyotes? No, one of the game’s top two-way defenceman won’t be tending the twine in Arizona. But there was a time when the blueliner did turn away his fair share of slapshots.
During his days growing up in Massachusetts, Yandle had his sights set on the goaltending position when he first started playing minor hockey.
He ultimately got his wish, albeit not a full-time role between the pipes. In fact, it was not an uncommon sight to see Yandle split each game between defence and goalie.
“My dad and the other coach, I remember them having to rip off my goalie pads and put on shin pads really quick,” recalled Yandle, who also excelled at several other sports, including baseball, football and lacrosse. “I enjoyed playing both positions. It was just a little hectic trying to do both.”
The high cost of goalie equipment, accompanied by Yandle’s strong play on the blueline, eventually led to him to settle on playing defence.
He has no regrets, especially after a recent attempt to relive his youth.
The NHL is apparently watching closely as Seattle's Downtown Design Review Board gets ready for tonight's public review of the design for a proposed NHL/NBA Arena spearheaded by local investor Chris Hansen.
Sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, believe the NHL is now watching the status of the project, and gauging corporate and fan interest in a potential expansion franchise. Hansen has been seeking a partner who could be a tenant in a new building. Sources say NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has been quietly pushing owners to award a franchise to Seattle, perhaps as early as next year. The NHL has denied that any talks have taken place, and sources suggest nothing has been finalized.
The NHL's Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly previously told KING5 there is not even a "handshake agreement" on a deal for a team. But he told fans in Vancouver this summer "I think Seattle would be a great market for the NHL." Ray Bartoczek and Anthony Lanza both expressed interest in buying the Phoenix Coyotes earlier this year, and relocate them to Seattle. The NHL has said repeatedly that playing in Key Arena, on a interim basis, would not be an issue.
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.
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