Life without owner hurts Coyotes’ chances for success

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“It is what it is. It’s the reality we deal with. It’s not ideal. Going forward we hope it is resolved and yet when I look at our payroll, it is what it is. We still had enough to be a playoff team and that’s the way I’m going to continue to look at it. But certainly it makes it more challenging to be a playoff team.” For all the coups Maloney has pulled over the years in piecing together a competitive roster, one of the few times he miscalculated — signing center Matthew Lombardi — derailed the Coyotes because Maloney had met the limit of a league-regulated payroll with that contract and couldn’t add scoring help later in the season when the team needed it most. That’s how narrow the room for error has become. “We’ve thought it was a competitive disadvantage to be in the spot we’re in,” captain Shane Doan said. “Nobody wants to be in this spot. There’s a reason why teams that go through what we go through usually struggle.” This offseason coincides with the expiration of two very important contracts — those of Maloney and coach Dave Tippett — and that should be enough to finally dismiss the ownership sideshow, which reaches its four-year anniversary Sunday. “There’s gonna be some clarity to it one way or the other this year because if it gets to July 1 and there’s no owner, I’m without a contract,” Tippett said. “I’m gonna coach somewhere next year. source:

Have the Phoenix Coyotes played their last game in Arizona?

“This is a hockey town. You guys make it a hockey town,” said an emotional Nealy during the first period of the game. “The NHL belongs here. See you next year.” Still, the Coyotes were selling all merchandise at arena shops for 40 percent off and have let their in-store stock of jerseys run out. Arena ushers, staff and fans were all wondering whether it is the last game for this year’s NHL season or the end of the franchise’s tenure in Arizona. The team does have season ticket prices listed for the 2013-14 season if the team stays in Phoenix. So what happens next? On May 31, 2011, the Atlanta Thrashers were sold to a group that moved the team over the summer to Winnipeg. That sale came just as the Stanley Cup Finals started. It also gave the group time to gear up operations in Winnipeg and for the league to get its schedule for the next season in order. Atlanta also lost a franchise to Calgary in 1980. source:

Phoenix Coyotes Send Back Chris Conner, 2 Others To Minors

The post Phoenix Coyotes Send Back Chris Conner, 2 Others To Minors appeared first on FFLockerRoom | NFL – MLB News | Fantasy Sports Advice | Sports Talk. By submitting this photo you accept the Photo Terms of Service What do you think? Via FF Locker Room  |  5 days ago Along with winger Chris Conner, the Coyotes also send Michael Stone and Alexandre Bolduc back to the minors. They are getting sent back to the Portland Pirates who happen to be down 2-0 in their playoff series versus Syracuse. These three should be able to give the Pirates a boost when they return home for game three.   The post Phoenix Coyotes Send Three Back to Minors Including… Via HockeyBuzz  |  5 days ago This is my season review for the Phoenix Coyotes. A lot of work and other things kept me from being the most consistent blogger out there and I apologize for this. I’m still going to be plowing on with prospects (thinking top-10 per team) and the draft. This was the first year the Coyotes missed the playoffs in 3 seasons and while many pegged them to finish last in the… source:

Phoenix Coyotes sale: Pastor group still in bidding for franchise

The league has owned the team since 2009. Pastor is CEO and principal of Irvine-based Capstone Affluent Strategies. He was previously managing director for Prudential Insurance of America in Southern California. Pastor’s group is in the running to buy the Coyotes from the NHL, according to officials familiar with the situation. A spokesman for Pastor declined to comment on the Coyotes. Details for the Gosbee/Ice Edge bid have been reported despite nondisclosure agreements signed by various groups interested in the buying the team from the league. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly noted Monday in an interview in Canada that the league has been talking with Gosbee and Ice Edge, as well as to some other bidders. Gosbee is CEO of AltaCorp Capital in Edmonton. He and Ice Edge partner Anthony Leblanc have been working on a Coyotes bid in the aftermath of Greg Jamison’s failed bid to buy the team. Another past Coyotes bidder, investment executive Matthew Hulsizer, could also be in the Coyotes mix either as part of another bid or at the head of his own bid. More light could be shed on the Coyotes’ situation soon if the NHL strikes a deal with Gosbee, Pastor or another group and then goes to the Glendale City Council for yet another arena deal and favorable lease terms. source:

Coyotes coach Dave Tippett and goalie Mike Smith added to Team Canada

Tippett, Nashville Predators head coach Barry Trotz and Doug Shedden are the assistant coaches and Lindy Ruff is running the team as head coach. Tippett has been an NHL head coach since 2002. In his ten-year career, six years with the Dallas Stars and four with Phoenix, he has a .611 winning percentage and his teams made the playoffs eight times. In 2009, while coaching the Coyotes, he received the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top head coach. Tipppett will get a chance to coach one of his own players in the tournament. On Sunday, Coyotes goalie Mike Smith was named to the Team Canada roster. Smith is the lone Coyotes representing Canada. In two-seasons with the Coyotes Smith is 53-30-15 and in 2011-12 he was instrumental in the Coyotes making it to the Western Conference finals of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The IIHF World Championship tournament runs from May 3-19 with games held in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. source:


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