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"I think as we go forward here we're going to introduce some younger people into our group and see if we can tweak the chemistry to get the right mix of veterans and youth and inexperience.
"I think if we erred in anything, it was maybe going into the season with a little bit more of a veteran lineup. That hasn't worked for us, so now we're changing gears a little bit and starting to bring more energy into our group."
-Don Maloney, GM of the Arizona Coyotes. More from Arizona Sports and Maloney who spoke with an Arizona radio station earlier today.
Tomorrow, the rumor starters will be yelling fire sale!
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
George Gosbee, Anthony LeBlanc and their group of Canadian investors are losing control of the Arizona Coyotes because they cannot afford to keep up the payments on the NHL franchise’s enormous debt.
Gosbee and company can be seen as either plucky entrepreneurs who became victims of their own success or just the latest under-financed group of owners to see their house of cards collapse. In any event, with the proposed sale of a majority share of IceArizona, the Delaware company that owns the franchise, the Canadians will lose control of the team a little more than a year after buying it from the NHL.
This is a tale rich in irony, since there was relief in sight for Gosbee, LeBlanc and company from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman in the form of the league’s new credit facility of $2-billion (all U.S. dollar figures) at attractive interest rates of about 3 per cent. But grabbing that lifeline, which represents an annual savings of more than $10-million in interest payments, would have subjected the Canadians to a collective tax bill of about $20-million from the Canada Revenue Agency, something else they could not afford.
If the sale of about 55 per cent of IceArizona to Philadelphia hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway closes (i.e., if he raises the necessary cash), then the Coyotes will get under the low-interest security blanket of the NHL’s credit line.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
So even though the 400-goal milestone is just 43 red lamps away and he’s won two gold medals with Canada at the World Championship, Doan still has his sights on the Cup.
“It’s your dream. It’s the reason why you play,” said Doan, who is signed with Arizona through the 2015-16 season. “It feels like it’s my responsibility to find a way to do it here. Obviously people can laugh at that and find that humourous. We haven’t looked like one of the contenders in the last two years and this year so far, but at the same time, I really like our group, and I think Mike Smith is an unbelievable goalie. And that’s the key.
“I’m really focusing on us, and I’m not even going to worry about what else could be going on.”
Phoenix has tried to sell winning, which didn’t sell very well. Could they sell a star like McDavid or Eichel? That question has to be crossing the minds of the big thinkers with the Coyotes, and while both Carolina and Buffalo won on Sunday night, right now it seems likely those teams will be worse than Arizona and thus draft higher next June.
Unless the Coyotes start off-loading bodies, that is. Keith Yandle’s name is already coming up in trade rumours. Veterans like Martin Hanzal, Sam Gagner, Boedker and Lauri Korpikoski have value. Maybe Mike Smith, too.
-Damien Cox on the Arizona Coyotes. Read more from Cox on this topic at Sportsnet.
"We got behind early, made a couple mistakes, got behind early and chased the game. That's happened too many times to us this year. We don't look like a good team when we do that."
-Dave Tippett, head coach of the Arizona Coyotes after losing to Carolina 3-0.
"There's lots of glaring holes in our game, pretty embarrassing."
-Shane Doan of the Arizona Coyotes.
more on the game from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic...
Arizona is 3-6-1 and in last place in the Western Conference. They have only scored 22 goals while allowing 37.
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
Their 31 goals against in eight games became the third-worst mark in the NHL after a season-high seven goals were let in Tuesday against the Lightning, but mix in a pair of six-goal games and the play that led to these routs is becoming more characteristic of the Coyotes than the defense-first identity they targeted in the offseason.
"They're certainly concerning," coach Dave Tippett said. "Our defending hasn't been near where it needs to be, and it's two-fold. We haven't defended well and gotten behind in games and then you chase games, and then you really look like a sloppy team. We've had too many games like that this year."
And that's perhaps the most perplexing development as the Coyotes tackle Game9 tonight against the Panthers: The principles that built this team haven't delivered. Character, chemistry and compete were the buzzwords that guided General Manager Don Maloney's summer renovation project, and all have been inconsistent.
"We're not anywhere good enough the way we're competing right now," Maloney said. "So we need to get better or things are going to change around here probably sooner rather than later."
from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,
As reporters crowded around Coyotes goalie Mike Smith following Monday's practice to gauge his psyche after yet another six goals-against Saturday, backup Devan Dubnyk quipped that Smith isn't the only one who's experienced a slide like this and he, too, could offer up some insight.
But Smith isn't looking to deflect any of the attention he's receiving right now for a goals-against average (5.33) that might be more reflective of a struggling Major League Baseball reliever than an NHL starting goaltender.
"I don't need to bring anyone else into this," Smith said. "It's me and only me, and I've been through it tons of times in my career. You shrug it off your shoulder, and it's obviously not even close to what I'm capable of, and I know that, and I understand that, and the team needs more from me.
"But I can't dwell on it. It's three games I've played. We're 2-2. I know there's a panic around here to flip a switch and turn it around, but it's a process, and we're all going to be better because of this adversity."
from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,
Against a backdrop of 100-degree temperatures, workers last month began implementing the latest changes for a hockey team once just a lone councilman’s vote from winding up in Seattle.
They spent a sweat-filled Saturday tearing down the outdoor facade at the Jobing.com Arena to replace it with the name of the venue’s new Native American tribal rights-holder. Four days later, the Glendale City Council approved renaming it Gila River Arena, home to the Arizona Coyotes, in a vote far less acrimonious than their past meetings involving the NHL club.
In fact, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is investigating events leading up to the council’s contentious vote 15 months ago approving a new arena lease agreement by a 4-3 margin and keeping the then-Phoenix Coyotes from relocating to Seattle.
Three sources with knowledge of negotiations confirm the Coyotes would have been bought by New York investment banker Ray Bartoszek and his partner Anthony Lanza and moved to Seattle as soon as the following day — playing up to three seasons at KeyArena — had the vote not passed.
“Most people don’t realize how close we were to actually getting an NHL team,’’ says former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn, who had been involved in the relocation talks.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The NHL’s problem child franchise in Phoenix is about to change hands again, The Post has learned.
Andrew Barroway, who attempted to buy the Devils two years ago and believed he had an agreement to buy the Islanders earlier this year before Charles Wang switched course and instead reached a deal with Jonathan Ledecky, is in advanced negotiations to purchase 51 percent of the rebranded Arizona Coyotes, according to informed sources.
The sale of the troubled franchise, which has been in financial distress even prior to moving from downtown Phoenix to Glendale in 2003-04 after previously relocating from Winnipeg for the 1996-97 season, is expected to be completed within the month.
As part of the deal, Barroway would agree to drop his $10 million lawsuit against Wang in which he alleges that the Islanders’ owner reneged on an agreement to sell him the Brooklyn-bound franchise.
“It’s a very fickle business and, you get a much bigger appreciation for having an opportunity to play in the NHL. You come to the rink every day, you have a chance to get to do it again. You get a really strong appreciation for that after what I went through last year.”
-Devan Dubnyk, goaltender for the Arizona Coyotes reflecting on his time with the Edmonton Oilers. More from Dubnyk from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.
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