Sale of the Phoenix Coyotes set for today, updates on Shea Weber and Willie Mitchell, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette prepares for the upcoming season, and only one hockey agent makes Forbes list of the most powerful sports agents.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: The IceArizona group (aka Renaissance Sports & Entertainment) are expected to close their purchase of the Phoenix Coyotes today. They are expected to pay $170 million for the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping they’re able to make a go of it. Otherwise, the club will go up for sale again in five years time, which could ultimately lead to their relocation. I doubt the NHL fights as hard to keep the Coyotes in Glendale by that point as they did over the past four years.
THE TENNESSEAN: Over a year after the Nashville Predators matched an expensive offer sheet for Shea Weber by the Philadelphia Flyers, Josh Cooper reports it still seems like the right move by the Predators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how much they spent ($110 million over 14 years), it had better be!
NBC SPORT PRO HOCKEY TALK: The LA Kings are showing optimism over defenseman Willie Mitchell’s complicated rehab from a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Kings are currently around $86K over the $64.3 million salary cap for next season. They can place Mitchell on LTIR and remain over the cap ceiling if he’s not recovered by the start of the season, but would have to shed salary to become cap compliant upon his return.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers coach Peter Laviolette is preparing both for the upcoming NHL season and the Winter Olympics. Laviolette is an assistant coach for Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.
YAHOO! SPORTS: linked to a Forbes article listing the world’s most powerful sports agents. Only one hockey agent, J.P. Barry, cracked the top ten. “The lack of hockey agents is most probably caused by the tendency for all-star players in the league to be locked into long-term, lower salary deals, and those players signing with only a few larger, more experienced agencies.”