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via Lou Michel of the Buffalo News,
Nick Boynton, a former defenseman with the Boston Bruins and other NHL teams, might be a little delayed in getting to the announcer’s booth to give his commentary of action at Thursday night’s Sabres-Coyotes game at First Niagara Center.
Boynton is accused of causing a disturbance at the Buffalo Creek Casino on Wednesday night and fighting with Buffalo police officers assigned there to provide security.
“He was abusive to the staff at the casino, and when officers tried to take him into custody, he bit one of them on the finger,” a police source said.
Boynton, a 36-year-old native of Nobleton, Ont., was detained by police and will be charged with assault, criminal mischief and harassment.
Boynton joined the Coyotes’ broadcast team prior to this season.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes have issued the following statement regarding Nick Boynton.
"Early this morning, Coyotes radio color analyst Nick Boynton was involved in a situation at a Buffalo casino. A police investigation is underway. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and until the continuing legal process is completed, we will have no further comment. Mr. Boynton has been placed on a leave of absence."
from Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News,
The motivation in the Buffalo Sabres locker room is clear and simple: Avoid finishing last.
That may ruffle the feathers of some in the team’s fan base who actively want the Sabres to finish 30th, thereby guaranteeing them at least the No. 2 overall draft pick. But athletes and coaches are wired to compete and at this point in the Sabres’ season, the most attainable goal they can compete for is 29th place.
“For sure you want to finish as high as you can,” Sabres captain Brian Gionta said Wednesday afternoon after practice in First Niagara Center. “In a season like this you gotta find little things to set your sights on and that’s definitely one of them.”
The stakes for 30th place are high Thursday night as the Sabres host the Arizona Coyotes.
The Coyotes are coming off an overtime win at Detroit, putting them five points ahead of the Sabres. Buffalo has nine games remaining, Arizona eight. They will meet again on Monday night in Arizona.
“Nobody wants to be in the position our two teams are in. Not one player,” Coyotes forward Shane Doan said. “You’re embarrassed. You have to be. Nobody ever wants to be considered the worst. Obviously, both teams are considered the two worst teams in the league. That’s not a good feeling.”
from Sarah McLellan of azcentral,
The Coyotes opened up their books to the City of Glendale Friday, reporting losses from the 2014 fiscal year as approximately $34.8 million. But the actual loss from operating the franchise from the first year of IceArizona's ownership was lower than anticipated.
That loss came in at about $16.5 million, President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said, which was a pleasant surprise for the ownership group since it expected its first-year hit to be at $20 million after acquiring the Coyotes in August 2013.
But it's the loss released to Glendale that counts toward the out-clause included in the 15-year, $225 million agreement between the city and the Coyotes. The out-clause can be exercised should losses reach $50 million after five years.
"(The out-clause) is absolutely something, I can't say more emphatically, we have not even talked about," LeBlanc said.
Will these types of hits ever stop?
Check out this dirtiness, as Blackhawks forward Joakim Nordstrom hits Coyotes’ best defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson from behind.
via Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
After the game, Tippett said Ekman-Larsson was day-to-day with a "not-too-serious" upper-body injury and he is hopeful Ekman-Larsson is ready to play Saturday.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Is it to early to conceive of an Arizona Coyotes’ line of Connor McDavid in the middle with fellow world junior teammates Anthony Duclair and Max Domi next season?
Not now, not after the Desert Dogs, who have very little bite left, losers of nine in a row and close to the worst team in the league today, shipped their second-best defenceman, Keith Yandle, Sunday afternoon to the New York Rangers. Glen Sather’s team has no interest in any lottery picks, only the Stanley Cup after getting to the final dance but falling to the Los Angeles Kings last June. So they sacrificed tomorrow for today, giving up gifted young winger Duclair, along with first (2016) and second-round (2015) draft choices.
It’s the biggest close-to-trade deadline deal so far because Yandle is only 28 years old.
Duclair, who plays for the Memorial Cup host Quebec Remparts, and Domi, the MVP of the world junior who plays for Dale Hunter’s London Knights, were starry linemates at the world junior over Christmas.
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from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
That sound you just heard was Glen Sather pushing all of the chips into the middle of the table.
Realistically, the New York Rangers have about a 15-month window to get the veteran general manager a sixth Stanley Cup following a whopper of a deal Sunday to land Keith Yandle.
After falling three wins short of a championship last spring, the Rangers doubled down by parting with 19-year-old prospect Anthony Duclair, 24-year-old defenceman John Moore, a 2015 second-round pick and a 2016 first-round pick in Sunday’s blockbuster.
Arizona retained half of Yandle’s salary and added defenceman Chris Summers and a 2016 fourth-round pick, but this deal was all about the now for the Rangers.
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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
With the Coyotes falling into the "sellers" category at this year's trade deadline, which expires at 1 p.m. Arizona time Monday, the team could once again be busy in reshaping the roster. That, undoubtedly, creates uneasiness for players, but it's also a trying time for the equipment staff.
During any road trip, the team carries three-to-four blank jerseys and a kit of letters and numbers should they need to be sewn on the jersey. The Coyotes also have jerseys with them for every player from their American Hockey League affiliate in case any one of them gets recalled while on the road.
Wilson prefers to have jerseys for new players crested at the shop the Coyotes have used since the franchise relocated to the Valley in 1996, Artcraft Sports Apparel. And when a new nameplate is needed, he has AlphaGraphics whip one up for him.
If both can arrive the next day, great. But same-day courier service is a possibility, Wilson said.
A traded player will arrive with his own sticks, skates and underneath gear but requires new gloves and a helmet that reflect team colors.
Wilson carries the most popular brands, but he'll have equipment shipped to wherever the team is if a player uses something different — a list of which is swapped between equipment managers once the trade is consummated.
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