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from Darrell Preston and James Nash of Bloomberg,
Hockey was probably always going to be a longshot in the desert. But nobody expected what’s playing out in sunny Glendale, where the city’s done the unthinkable to the Arizona Coyotes.
Tired of doling out $15 million a year in subsidies, the Phoenix suburb last week abruptly cut its payments to the National Hockey League franchise by more than half. The move, pretty much unheard of in professional sports, was the latest blow for the Coyotes, the league’s third-lowest in attendance last season, holder of the worst win-loss record in the western conference and the butt of jokes.
What Glendale did “is almost the exact opposite of what happens in these extortion situations,” said sports economist Victor Matheson of College of the Holy Cross. “Typically the team extorts more payments out of the taxpayers.”
The city canceled its stadium lease contract with the Coyotes in June, done with funneling so much to them as part of the deal even as it was cutting municipal services and raising the sales tax.
from Peter Corbett and Katy Roberts of the Arizona Republic,
Hockey will return to Gila River Arena this fall after the Glendale City Council this morning unanimously approved an amended two-year agreement with the Arizona Coyotes.
The deal, approved on a 7-0 vote, settles a six-week legal dispute between the city and the team. The new agreement cuts Glendale’s up-front cost from $15 million to $6.5 million but also shifts $6 million of ticket and other revenue to the Coyotes.
The amended contract will save Glendale close to $3 million per year, Interim Assistant City Manager Tom Duensing said.
Council members and Coyotes President Anthony LeBlanc said they hope to work out a longer-term deal between the city and the team.
Vice Mayor Ian Hugh encouraged hockey fans to buy season tickets.
“Hockey is here to stay in Glendale,” Hugh said.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes and the City of Glendale announced today that the two parties have agreed on a resolution to their ongoing legal dispute. The City of Glendale will release details of the proposed amendments to the existing arena management agreement this morning on the city’s website, http://www.glendaleaz.com/. The Glendale City Council will vote on the amendments to the agreement on Friday, July 24 at Glendale City Hall. Details of that city council meeting are also posted on the city website.
added 12:45pm, via Morgan tweets,
If Council approves amendments, city & team will reach settlement that will keep Coyotes at Gila River Arena for at least next 2 seasons.
Per terms of deal, Coyotes would collect all hockey-related revenue that previously went to COG (naming rights, tix surcharges, parking rev)
City would pay $6.5M a year to Coyotes to manage arena. Out-clause that was part of the original 15-year, $225M agreement would be removed.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward John Scott to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The 32-year-old Scott recorded 3-1-4 and 87 penalty minutes (PIM) in 38 games with the San Jose Sharks last season.
The 6-foot-8, 260-pound native of Edmonton, Alberta has totaled 5-5-10 and 517 PIM in 274 career NHL games with the Sharks, Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed right wing Brian McGrattan to a one-year contract through the 2015-16 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
McGrattan, 33 (9/2/81), has appeared in 317 career NHL games with Ottawa, Phoenix, Calgary and Nashville, collecting 10-17=27 points with 609 penalty minutes (PIM). A native of Hamilton, Ontario, McGrattan set numerous career highs with Calgary in 2013-14, including goals (4), assists (4), points (8), shots on net (79) and games played (76). He was originally acquired by Anaheim on Feb. 27, 2011 with defenseman Sean Zimmerman from Boston in exchange for center Stefan Chaput and right wing David Laliberte. McGrattan played 20 games with Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL) that season, recording 6-4=10 points with an even plus/minus rating and 56 PIM with Syracuse.
Hours after legal depositions in its lawsuit against the city, fans got the chance to grill the Arizona Coyotes management about the team's future.
The team hosted a town hall quad for fans at the Ice Den in Scottsdale Tuesday night.
Many took the opportunity to urge the owners to move the team back to downtown Phoenix.
"Don't fight this golden opportunity, cut your losses, save some money," said one season ticket holder.
Another 'Yotes fan suggested finding an investor to help cut ties with the city of Glendale.
Below, watch a video from the town hall meeting... (if the video doesn't load for you, it is also in the linked article.)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed forward Mikkel Boedker to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
"We are pleased to sign Mikkel," said Maloney. "He is an important player for us and we look forward to having him back next season."
The 25-year-old Boedker recorded 14-14-28 and six penalty minutes (PIM) in 45 games with the Coyotes last season. The 6-foot, 211-pound native of Brondby, Denmark jumped out to a hot start with five goals in the season’s first three games and registered a career-high 3-1-4 and his first career hat trick vs. EDM on Oct. 15.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired center Boyd Gordon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for forward Lauri Korpikoski.
"We are very pleased to re-acquire Boyd Gordon," said Maloney. "Boyd is an excellent defensive center who is one of the league's best in the face-off circle. He has a great work ethic and will add experience and leadership to our dressing room. We are excited to have him back."
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