Category Archives: Arizona Coyotes

Could Doan be on the Canucks radar come deadline time?

Coyotes announcement due this week, Jamison says

Prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison told The Arizona Republic on Monday that he expects to complete his purchase of the team on Wednesday or Thursday this week, just ahead of a crucial deadline associated with Jobing.com Arena in Glendale.

(Special note to Seattle and Canadian hockey fans who were hoping to snare a vagabond Coyotes franchise: Insert your curses in either English or French here.)

Phoenix Coyotes GM Don Maloney shopping around for deal

Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney has yet to see the 2013 version of his team practice, let alone compete in a game, but that hasn’t stopped Maloney from seeking personnel improvement.

In the days leading up to the start of training camp on Sunday, Maloney thought he might have been able to orchestrate a trade and have it waiting in the hopper to execute once the NHL and players’ association agreed to a memorandum of understanding Saturday night that officially ended the lockout.

Eager Krejci shrugs off trade rumors

David Krejci was back on the ice Friday with his Bruins teammates for the first time since heading over to his native Czech Republic to play for HC Pardubice during the lockout, and the 26-year-old pivot said he was aware of the persistent rumors about a possible trade to Phoenix or Anaheim. But he made it clear, as he did last season when the rumors started, that he wants to remain a Bruin.

“I’ve seen it and I have time to go on the Internet, so I know what’s going on,” Krejci said. “I went through lots of things and saw my name there, but there’s nothing I can control. I am happy here, and I hope I haven’t given them any reasons to trade me. So I can’t control it, and I just want to go out there and play my best.”

Shane Doan chooses between Vancouver and Phoenix Friday; will this affect Roberto Luongo?

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Last week, Shane Doan made a solemn vow that he would sign somewhere by midnight on September 15th, although his recent history of extended deadlines made us wonder if this was an empty threat.

Turns out it was. According to a recent report by John Gambadoro, a radio host on Sports 620 KTAR in Phoenix, Doan has once again spurned his own deadline. But here’s the twist: the winger has actually moved it ahead for once. Gambadoro says that Doan will sign somewhere by 2pm on September 14th, because all contracts have to be signed by then.

What’s more, “somewhere” is one of only two places: Phoenix… or Vancouver. (Hey! that’s where we live!)

We’ve been real Debbie Downers about the Canucks’ chances thus far, but if Gambadoro’s report is to be believed, you sort of have to like them now. After all, Doan has said that he needs Greg Jamison’s deal with the city of Glendale to go through before he signs that four-year deal with the Coyotes, but what are the odds of that deal getting completed tomorrow? Heck, the last time someone successfully completed a deal to purchase the Coyotes was in 2005.

But don’t get too excited. (Like, you can get kind of excited. But don’t get excited to excess.) If Doan does join the Canucks, it could mean that the Canucks’ other ongoing saga likely won’t wrap up as neatly.

The addition of Doan is likely to hurt Mike Gillis’s attempts to get market value for Roberto Luongo.

http://vansunsportsblogs.com/2012/09/14/shane-doan-chooses-between-vancouver-and-phoenix-tomorrow-will-this-affect-roberto-luongo/

Reports Shane Doan has signed four-year $21.5 million extension with Coyotes

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The Canucks were hoping a gold-medal winning veteran with a cap hit of about $5 million would be reporting to training camp this month.

And it’s true, one is planning to. But he’s the wrong one.

Roberto Luongo may be in Vancouver next week and prepared to report to camp, if camp ever happens. So he’s in. For now. But Shane Doan appears to be out, according to reports which have him agreeing to a four-year, $21.5 million extension with the Phoenix Coyotes, pending the completed sale of the club to Greg Jamison.

The Canucks had tabled a similar offer, though the money wasn’t quite as much, and still believe they have the best chance to be Doan’s Plan B. But that Plan B is disappearing faster than those polar bears on Lost.

Doan represented an opportunity to significantly and instantly improve the Canucks, which explains why they were pursuing him with a courtship which included a dinner at the city’s Italian Kitchen.

Doan kept saying it wasn’t about the money, and it hasn’t been as the Phoenix deal is significantly less than the $30-million contract he was offered.

DOAN SAYS HE HAS DEAL WITH COYOTES, AWAITING JAMISON PURCHASE

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In an interview with a Phoenix radio station, Coyotes captain Shane Doan revealed some good news for Coyotes fans.

One, that prospective owner Greg Jamison has secured the money to purchase the Coyotes and two, that he’s agreed to a new deal with the team; he’s just waiting on Jamison to acquire the team to make it official.

“My goal has been to stay here the whole time,” Doan told radio station XTRA 910 in Phoenix. “Don and Tip and the organization have been great. We have a deal worked out that we just want to make sure that the team gets signed and that everything gets done and it gets done before the 15th.”

Doan went on to say that Jamison has the funds to complete the deal to purchase the Coyotes and is optimistic it will go through soon.

“Mr. Jamison has the money. Mr. Bettman has said its all good, according to the NHL, and it’s going to go through. It’s just a matter of getting the lease agreement done now. Obviously that was done earlier. Now there are some things they decided they wanted to change, which obviously can delay things. With that being said, I think that Mr. Jamison and the league have stated it’s really up to Glendale and Glendale, they had it done for a while.”

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=404699

Report: Keith Yandle ‘Would Love to Play for the Bruins’

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The Coyotes locked up Keith Yandle to a long-term extension last offseason, but if they decide to deal the talented defenseman, it looks like he wouldn’t mind going back to where it all started. Yandle, a Boston native, “would love to play for the Bruins,” according to CSNNE.com’s Danny Picard. The news comes amidst speculation that the B’s could look to add a top-pair defenseman to play alongside Zdeno Chara. Yandle, who turns 26 on Sunday, would certainly fit that mold. He’s been an All-Star the past two seasons, and has played in all of the Coyotes’ games the past three years. He recorded a career-high 59 points (11 goals, 48 assists) in 2010-11, and compiled 11-32-43 totals last season while helping Phoenix reach the Western Conference Final. The Coyotes understand how important Yandle is to their success, so they signed him to a five-year, $26.25 million extension last summer. He’s been the subject of some rumors this offseason, though, with the Red Wings reportedly among the teams that have inquired about the defenseman.

Yandle, a Boston native, “would love to play for the Bruins,” according to CSNNE.com’s Danny Picard. The news comes amidst speculation that the B’s could look to add a top-pair defenseman to play alongside Zdeno Chara. Yandle, who turns 26 on Sunday, would certainly fit that mold. He’s been an All-Star the past two seasons, and has played in all of the Coyotes’ games the past three years. He recorded a career-high 59 points (11 goals, 48 assists) in 2010-11, and compiled 11-32-43 totals last season while helping Phoenix reach the Western Conference Final. The Coyotes understand how important Yandle is to their success, so they signed him to a five-year, $26.25 million extension last summer. He’s been the subject of some rumors this offseason, though, with the Red Wings reportedly among the teams that have inquired about the defenseman.

Read more at: http://www.nesn.com/2012/09/report-keith-yandle-would-love-to-play-for-the-bruins.html

Phoenix Coyotes sale back on track as Greg Jamison secures investors

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The perpetually on-again, off-again saga regarding the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team is on again.

Prospective Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison has brought investment money and partners back into the fold and could soon close on the purchase of the team from the National Hockey League. The sale would keep the team in Glendale at Jobing.com Arena.

Jamison’s group has been trying to buy the Coyotes since last year.

Two sources with knowledge of the three-year-old Coyotes ownership saga say Jamison now has the investors and partners in place to finally buy the Coyotes and a deal could close very soon.

All that comes as free agent Coyotes captain Shane Doan puts off signing with a new team while Jamison tries to close the deal. The fact that Doan has held off signing with a new team could be an indicator that he is waiting on the Coyotes sale to close.

Doan could re-sign with the Coyotes if Jamison can buy the team. He’s also considering the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. The Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings could also be in the mix if Doan leaves Phoenix.

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2012/08/08/phoenix-coyotes-sale-back-on-track-as.html