The latest on the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes, an update on NHL CBA talks, Flyers re-sign Marc-Andre Bourdon, and racial epithets hurled at Joel Ward during the playoffs prompted concern from the FBI.
SPORTING NEWS: The perpetually on-again, off-again sale of the Phoenix Coyotes appears back on again, as prospective buyer Greg Jamison has reportedly secured enough money and investors to purchase the club from the NHL, keeping it in Glendale.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The Jobing.com Arena will be costly for the city of Glendale, with or without the Coyotes
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the sake of the Coyotes and their fans, I hope this is finally about to be resolved in their favor. That being said, given how many times we’ve heard the team would be sold to someone willing to keep it in Glendale, only to see it fall through, I’ll believe it when I see it.
SPORTING NEWS: Supplemental discipline was the topic of discussion in yesterday’s CBA negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA, with the latter seeking changes to the current system.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The discussions apparently got heated on both sides, leading to suggestions this doesn’t bode well for when the two sides get into economic issues later this week. Maybe, maybe not. It’s understandable why supplemental discipline is a touchy subject. The league feels it should have the final say with disciplinary issues, while the PA would prefer contentious cases go before an independent arbiter.
PHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers yesterday re-signed defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon to a multi-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The deal is believed for two years and worth $1.225 million .
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals forward Joel Ward received a call from the FBI during the Stanley Cup playoffs expressing concern for his safety after he was the target of racial slurs following his series-winning OT goal over the Boston Bruins. Nothing came from the comments, but Ward has been asked to follow-up with the FBI when he returns to Washington.