Updates on the Coyotes sale, the latest on Ilya Bryzgalov, Scott Gomez signs with the Panthers, the latest NHLPA news, and more.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited conflicting reports regarding the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes. One claimed some of the financing for the sale of the team to Renaissance Sports & Entertainment (aka Ice Arizona) had falled through, but Daryl Jones, one of the members of Ice Arizona, denied this.
BLOOMBERG.COM: The deal to keep the NHL in Glendale has hurt the city. “The deal weakens the former farming community’s credit and detracts from its ability to serve its 232,000 residents, said Pat Liberatore, an analyst at Moody’s Investors Service.” Glendale’s bond rating was cut by Moody’s and Standard & Poor, plus the city fired some workers and raised taxes to close a deficit last year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The sale of the Coyotes is not without drama, which could continue in five years time if Ice Arizona decides to use the opt-out clause in its lease agreement with the city of Glendale, whose residents could pay a steep price down the road for keeping the team.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cites a report from Aftonbladet claiming former Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is training with Swedish Hockey League team Farjestad.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bryzgalov’s unlikely to sign with Farjestad, as it appears he’s simply training for the upcoming season as he waits for an NHL offer. He could be waiting until preseason at the earliest before getting one.
NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers have signed former San Jose Sharks center Scott Gomez to a one-year, $900K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gomez’s stock has fallen since signing a huge contract with the NY Rangers several years ago, but he earned praise from Sharks coach Todd McLellan, who considered the 33-year-old like an additional coach. That should serve Gomez well with the young Panthers, and could set the stage for a future career in hockey when his playing career comes to an end.
NHLPA.COM: announced an increase in the Senior Retired Players Fund by $1 million.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report in the Toronto Sun in which NHLPA director Donald Fehr downplayed reports he could return to his former job as head of the MLB players union.
THE SPORTING NEWS: Former NHL star Zigmund Palffy has finally retired as an active player.