Tag:Phoenix Coyotes
Posted on: September 22, 2011 5:12 pm

Reinsdorf just won't go away in Coyotes sale

By Brian Stubits

No matter how many times he goes away Jerry Reinsdorf keeps coming right back to the Phoenix Coyotes like an on-again, off-again girlfriend.

The owner of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls has returned once again to the negotiating table for the Coyotes. He has been the human equivalent to the hokey pokey in this story, coming in and out of the picture before turning himself around.

This from the Arizona Republic:

Speculation about Reinsdorf's interest has been tossed around in recent months, but a spokesman for the group on Wednesday confirmed for The Republic that they are in talks with Glendale and the National Hockey League.
Tony Tavares is also part of the group, Glendale Hockey LLC, according to David Leibowitz, the group's spokesman. Tavares is a longtime hockey and baseball executive who is interim president of the NHL Dallas Stars.

Not long ago it surfaced that there were two mystery suitors for the Coyotes, who have been owned by the NHL while the search for a new owner has gone on since 2009. A very short while later it was revealed one of the was former Sharks CEO Greg Jamison. Then a report soon surfaced there was also a Canadian group in the hunt. Now Reinsdorf is back.

Here's the good news for those in Phoenix: a Glendale spokeswoman had already said that public bonds wouldn't be necessary to finance the deals. That was what ruined the sale attempt to Matthew Hulsizer, the closest the negotiations have come to finding a conclusion.

Perhaps what's keeping Reinsdorf around is his relationship with his friend, commissioner Gary Bettman. Either way, we'll hope the rules of baseball apply and it will either be a home run or a third strike and Reinsdorf is gone for good, because this yo-yo-ing is getting tiresome. Well the entire sale process is, but especially Reinsdorf's flirtation. Talk about a tease.

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Posted on: September 16, 2011 6:56 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2011 7:06 pm

Maloney talks about Kyle Turris situation

Turris1By: Adam Gretz

It's been reported that Phoenix Coyotes restricted free agent Kyle Turris wants somewhere in the neighborhood of $3 and $4 million dollars on his next contract. If you think that seems a bit excessive for a player that, in parts of three seasons in the NHL, has never recorded more than 25 points and has scored more than 10 goals just once, you're probably not wrong.

And there's a good chance Coyotes general manager Don Maloney agrees with you.

The 22-year-old Turris was not among the players to report for the opening of Coyotes training camp on Friday, and Maloney addressed the topic of his still unsigned restricted free agent.

Said Maloney, via the Coyotes website, "This is just so illogical, from our standpoint, the position he's taken. It makes absolutely no sense to me. I have no intention of trading him whatsoever, we still think he's a young developing player. But He's still developing. Once you're a proven 30 or 40-goal, 80-point guy, then yes you can get the brass ring, but until you get there you have to settle. Well, that's what makes America great, he doesn't have to settle, he can stay at home and, you know, watch Oprah."

Maloney also said that Turris believes in himself, which is a strength, and that he feels he can be a top player in this league. He also added that the Coyotes are not a developing team; they're ready to win right now.

The Coyotes selected Turris with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 draft, right after Patrick Kane and James vanRiemsdyk went to Chicago and Philadelphia respectively, and in 131 regular season games has scored just 19 goals and been credited with 27 assists. Of all the players that were selected in 2007, 11 of them have recorded more points in their career to this point, and only two of them (Kane and vanRiemsdyk) will make more than the $3-4 million Turris has reportedly been looking for. Players like Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek, Brandon Sutter and David Perron, players that have all been way more productive than Turris to this point, will be making between $1.5 and $2.5 million on their current contracts.

It's one thing for a team to pay for potential when you're talking about a player like John Tavares or Tyler Myers, or even Drew Doughty, who remains unsigned in Los Angeles. With those players you're dealing with a person that has proven he can be a franchise player and should continue to grow into one of the top players in the league. You might "overpay" a bit in the short-term, but in the long-term it could prove to be a steal. With a player like Turris there's really no reason to believe that sort of development will take place as he's yet to prove that he's capable of being that type of player.

Maloney finished by saying that it's not a matter of the Coyotes not wanting to pay, but that the player has to show he can produce.

"You look at Keith Yandle, who had a terrific year, and we signed him to a lucrative contract. So it's not about not paying, but you have to perform before you get paid."

All salary figures via CapGeek

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Posted on: September 15, 2011 12:29 pm

NHL, NHLPA adopt new social media policy

By Brian Stubits

The NHL has sunk its teeth into the Twitter regulation business. As a result, no more will you hear from your favorite athletes on Twitter on game days. That's the result of the league's new policy, which was agreed to by the NHLPA.

The whole concept behind the policy is to make sure sensitive material isn't being revealed. I'm sure it had a little to do with organizations seeking some help, possibly feeling that their players could a) tweet said sensitive material, or b) be distracted by the social medium.

“The policy is sensible,” Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said. “It lets our players and clubs participate substantially in the opportunity of social networking while identifying and mitigating some of the risks. To date, our players and clubs have been exemplary in connecting with fans on social networks, and fans should not expect to see any material difference as a result of this policy."

Specifically, the policy calls for a blackout period of two hours before the game until the player's media obligations are completed. This has been a window of time that has pretty much been quiet anyway. Players haven't exactly been active in the locker room or on the bench.

For hockey operations staff members, the ban kicks in at 11 a.m. on game days. So Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson, for example, won't have much to say on game days, even if it's something as innocuous as "GAME DAY! See you there Jackets fans!" for an example.

My visceral reaction is to reject regulation, it feel so draconian. It is a chilling effect, even if it is a restriction that was already being adhered to by 99.9 percent of the involved parties, if not 100 percent.

"To date our players and clubs have been exemplary in connecting with fans on social networks," Daly said.

So withdrawing the knee-jerk reaction to regulation, this simply establishes a guideline. Now teams would have actual recourse if a player were tweeting, say, during intermission. Although I think that would be pretty cool. Anything that would separate the NHL from the other leagues and make it stand out, I'm all for. But I understand this would never, ever fly and it's unlikely players would tweet mid-game even if they could.

The biggest tweeter of them all, Paul Bissonnette of the Coyotes (@BizNasty2point0), doesn't seem to have an issue with it.

“People asking about NHL's new policy on Twitter. I think its good. I don't even play much and I don't tweet on game days. Plenty of off days,”

And for those who are still resisting Twitter (I was once one of you, but it is truly perfect for sports fans) then this will have no impact whatsoever on your hockey fandom.

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Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: September 15, 2011 10:54 am

Daily Skate: Shark questions, examining enforcers

By Brian Stubits

MAKEOVER CONCERNS: Not everybody is digging what the Sharks have done this offseason in making over the roster in an attempt to finally get over the hump. David Pollack at the San Jose Mercury News says it raises questions ... how often does an elite team undergo such change? That's just one.

ENFORCING CHANGE: In the ongoing discussion on fighting, Kukla's Korner says that it's not very realistic to expect fighting to be removed from the NHL anytime soon. Instead, the way to curb fighting is to change today's role of the enforcer, instead expecting them to be contributing players beyond using their fists.

THE HEX IS BACK: There is another Hextall in hockey (L.A. Times). Brett Hextall, the son of Ron, was drafted by the Coyotes in the sixth round of the 2008 draft and he hit the ice against his dad's team, the Kings (Ron is assistant GM in L.A. these days). Brett, a forward, was physical on the ice. Surprise, surprise.

OTTAWA OPTIMISM: Senators GM Bryan Murray recently did a Q&A with the Ottawa Sun in which he talked about the team this upcoming season and the transition from Cory Clouston (with some more veiled parting shots) to Paul MacLean and Murray's belief the Sens will push for the playoffs ... this season.

TURRIS TAKE: After the flurry of signings on Wednesday and Thursday, the list of remaining RFAs unsigned is short, but the Coyotes' Kyle Turris is still on the list. With his high asking price ($3 million- $4million?!), it has Matthew Sekeres at the Globe and Mail wondering if it isn't a trade request in disguise.

ISLAND DEVELOPMENT: A Baltimore development company is showing renewed interest (Newsday) in developing the area around the Islanders home, Nassau Coliseum, something it originally showed interest in back in 2005. It's still too early to know what the full plan would call for and what it would mean to the Isles.

HUDLER'S HOPE: Coming off a disappointing season with the Red Wings, Jiri Hudler returns to Detroit this fall knowing he has to make a much better impression (Detroit Free Press), putting a lot of pressure on himself to show more than he did a season ago after a summer of UFC training.

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: September 14, 2011 4:47 pm

Sabres defenseman Myers close to extension

By Brian Stubits

According to reports, the Sabres are close to locking down their young star Tyler Myers with a long-term extension. He is set to become a restricted free agent after next season when his entry-level contracts expire.

TSN's Bob McKenzie says Myers' deal would likely be in the six-year range for roughly $5.5 million per season, about the same length and money the Islanders just gave to John Tavares. Although Myers could be looking at an additional year onto the six years thrown out by McKenzie, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

Myers made an immediate impact in the NHL, earning the Calder Memorial Trophy for the league's top rookie. Standing 6-feet-8, he is a massive presence, who almost seems stronger than even he knows. His offensive numbers did dip a bit in his second season, recording 10 fewer assists and one less goal, but he's still seen as a huge part of the team's plan moving forward (literally and figuratively). Myers attributed his step back last season to trying to do too much.

If it goes through, it would be a pretty hefty price tag and the Sabres would clearly be banking on Myers showing his freshman year form again down the line.

A couple of other contract updates while we're at it here:

  The Maple Leafs appear to also be on the verge of a deal with their young star Luke Schenn (Toronto Sun)

  However the Coyotes and Kyle Turris don't appear to be any closer to an extension in their negotiations. (Andy Strickland)

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Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2011 5:34 pm

The Pearl Jam goalie mask

PearlJamBy: Adam Gretz

David Arrigo is an artist that specializes in creating works of art in the form of goalie masks for various players around the NHL.

A couple of weeks ago we showed you the one he designed for new Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith, which featured the Looney Tunes character the Wile E. Coyote.

On Thursday he unveiled his latest creation which is to help mark the 20th anniversary of the Seattle-based band Pearl Jam. The mask isn't for any specific NHL player, but actually his own brother, who he says is a huge fan of the band, which will be playing in Toronto this week. A movie, Pearl Jam Twenty, will make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday.

Pictured to the right is a quick look at the mask, via Arrigo's blog, where you can check out many more angles.

If you like hockey, and you enjoy the artwork that accompanies the sport in the form of goalie masks, you should visit Arrigo's web site and become a fan of his work on Facebook.

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Posted on: September 8, 2011 2:51 pm

Coyotes acquire G Cheverie from Panthers

By Brian Stubits

The Phoenix Coyotes decided to add some organizational depth at goaltender, trading away minor-league center Justin Bernhardt to the Florida Panthers for goalie prospect Marc Cheverie.

Here's the team's press release:

GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired goaltender Marc Cheverie from the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Justin Bernhardt.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Cheverie split the 2010-11 season between the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 24-year-old native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia appeared in 30 games with Cincinnati posting a 13-9-5 record with three shutouts and a 3.11 goals against average (GAA). In 15 games with Rochester, Cheverie posted a record of 2-7-1 with a 3.91 GAA.

Cheverie spent three seasons with the University of Denver (2007-10), playing in 80 regular season games, posting a record of 48-18-8. He led the Pioneers to three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances from 2008-2010. Cheverie was selected by the Panthers in the seventh round (193rd overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft.

Bernhardt appeared in 47 games for the Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL) in 2010-11, recording 6-19-25 and 29 PIM. He signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Coyotes on April 13, 2009.

Cheverie is a well-regarded prospect, but he was stuck in the Panthers organization behind arguably the NHL's top goalie prospect, Jacob Markstrom. Of course, the Coyotes have to replace the departed Ilya Bryzgalov and to do so they brought in Mike Smith to join Jason LaBarbera. While Cheverie isn't likely to factor in the NHL this season, it's worth the flyer for Phoenix that he develops into a player who can take over down the line.

The price for the prospect is Bernhardt, a player who has shown scoring ability but has struggled to stay on the ice. He played a full 72-game schedule back in 2008-09 with Prince Albert of the WHL and he showed what he's capable of, scoring 35 goals with 57 assists.

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Posted on: September 6, 2011 4:52 pm

What to expect for Brad Marchand, remaining RFAs

By Brian Stubits

Remember back a few months, when they were actually playing hockey. The breakout star of the playoffs was Brad Marchand for the Bruins. He was second in goals scored for the entire playoffs despite playing in his first postseason, a run that included two goals in the Game 7 win in Vancouver.

But success isn't cheap. That's why Marchand still doesn't have a contract to talk about at this point. Clearly Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Marchand's camp can't agree on what kind of money he should receive. There is no doubt both sides want to stay together. The B's have a promising player coming out of his rookie season while Marchand found himself on a championship team and fitting in with Boston.

Therein lies the dilemma. Is Marchand worth big bucks after showing all that he's capable of in the playoffs? That's what his agent has to be saying. Or could it be that he played just a little over his head in the playoffs. He wouldn't be the first to have done that. That has to be the concern for Chiarelli.

Now you have to give the Bruins GM this: he's being very prudent. Boston has the room to sign Marchand to a relatively big contract. Per Cap Geek, the B's still have more than $7 million in cap space available. So you could understand if he conceded to get Marchand back in the fold ASAP. But the goal is to set up a longtime winner and that could be damaged by bad contracts. Not to say signing Marchand to a big deal would be a bad contract, but it could be.

In cases like this, you are always on the lookout for precedents. Thankfully, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave a pretty good one last week when he signed James van Riemsdyk to an extension. Philly gave him a six-year deal that carries a $4.25 million annual cap hit.

Comparing the two, JVR has two full NHL seasons under his belt as opposed to one-plus for Marchand. But last season, the players had strikingly similar numbers. In 75 games, Van Riemsdyk had 21 goals and 19 assists. In 77 games, Marchand had 21 goals and 20 assists. They both also stepped up their scoring pace in the playoffs as Van Riemsdyk had seven goals in 11 games while Marchand had 11 tallies and eight assists in 25 games.

So at this point, the two could pass for career twins. So if Chiarelli was looking to keep the figure low, this didn't help. When the sides finally get this worked out, I'd expect to see a deal very similar to Van Riemsdyk's, just for a shorter length.

In the meantime, Marchand can continue to work on the promising rapping career.

Now a look at the other high-profile restricted free agents still sans deals.

Drew Doughty, Kings: This one has been discussed at incredible length this offseason, but we can't ignore it here. The assumption was that the deal coming from Shea Weber's arbitration hearing would lead to a resolution in Los Angeles. Now it wasn't expected that Doughty would receive the same money that Weber would, but something close. It's hard to imagine this getting resolved without Doughty getting north of $5.5 million-plus, and that's on the conservative side.

Luke Schenn, Maple Leafs: The Leafs continue to try and bring Schenn into the fold long-term, hoping he can be a significant piece to their future. The good news for fans in Toronto is that GM Brian Burke remains confident Schenn will be signed before training camp begins, indicating that the sides might not be that far apart. Judging by the fact that Burke has been unwilling to trade Schenn and the Leafs seem to believe he will develop into an elite shutdown defenseman, you are left to assume Schenn will get a decent amount of scratch, probably somewhere around $3 million-$3.5 million annually, along the likes of the Rangers' Marc Staal. But with Burke it's almost impossible to accurately guess.

Zach Bogosian, Jets: Bogosian was billed as a very solid two-way defenseman coming out of the 2008 draft, but so far he hasn't matched that billing. Five goals and 12 assists like a season ago don't exactly scream two-way star. Realistically, he shouldn't expect to get a pay day similar to Schenn, perhaps a comparable player. The only problem in their numbers from last season being very similar, Schenn isn't expected to give a lot on the offensive side while Bogosian is. Of course there's still plenty of time from Bogosian to grow and perhaps become the player scouts envisioned once upon a time. But considering he's still a second-pairing defenseman for Winnipeg, the best guess would be a modest money amount over a shorter length to give more time to evaluate Bogosian's NHL value.

The rest of the RFAs:

Kyle Turris, Coyotes: The third overall draft pick in 2007, he doesn't appear to be near a deal with Phoenix at this point, asking for about $4 million annually over three years per ESPN.com. As you would guess, the Coyotes aren't willing to go near that mark. This one will take some serious concessions, likely on Turris' behalf.

Shawn Matthias, Panthers: The former prized prospect is going to have to swallow the fact the Panthers won't give him a guaranteed, one-way contract. That seems to the hold up in the negotiations here, but the Panthers feel there is too much competition for roster spots to guarantee a guy who hasn't proven he deserves a spot yet.

Josh Bailey, Islanders: He has shown some promise for becoming a decent scorer in the NHL, finding the net 16 times as a 20-year-old two seasons ago. Lighthouse Hockey did a good job of comparing Bailey to Phoenix's Mikkel Boedker and his recent $1.1 million annual contract a few weeks back, concluding Bailey has shown he deserves more than that.

Kyle Cumiskey, Avalanche: The Avs did give him a qualifying offer on the heels of an 18-game season, but that's as far as negotiations have gone. But Adrian Dater at the Denver Post expects the hurdles will be overcome in the next week and Cumiskey will be back for camp.

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