Another update on the attempted sale of the Coyotes, the latest on NHL-NHLPA talks, Flyers to extend Peter Laviolette’s contract, Tim Thomas resurfaces again on Facebook, and more.
PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL: The sale of the Coyotes to a group led by former San Jose Sharks executive Greg Jamison could be on thin ice…again. The reason this time? Renewed concern over whether his group has the investors and money to purchase the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the next NHL CBA should contain a “show me the money” clause for prospective buyers of NHL franchises.
CBC.CA: Pensions, ice conditions and training camp were the issues discussed on Thursday in the latest round of NHL-NHLPA negotiations.
CSNPHILLY.COM: The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to announce soon they’ve signed head coach Peter Laviolette to a contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think this news comes as a surprise to anyone.
NEWSDAY: Several of Long Island’s biggest developers aren’t getting involved in plans to redevelop the Nassau Coliseum, citing among the reasons uncertainty over the plans of NY Islanders owner Charles Wang.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Islanders lease with the Coliseum expires at the end of the 2014-15 season. There’s still time to work out a deal for a new arena, or a renovated one, but one gets the sense that might not come in time to keep the team on Long Island.
SEATTLE TIMES: A Chicago investor is willing to sink $100 million into a new arena in Seattle in hopes of attracting an NHL team. Also, there’s no truth to reports Wayne Gretzky met with local official to discuss NHL opportunities in Seattle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gretzky currently isn’t involved with the NHL in any business capacity.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning are promoting Steve Thomas into a coaching role on the team, though its yet to be determined what that will be.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Self-exiled Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has resurfaced on Facebook to support the right of free speech of the president of a fast food chicken restaurant company, who attracted controversy with homophobic and anti-gay remarks.