Cue more Arizona Coyotes arena drama.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman threw his touque into the ring on Tuesday with a letter to the Arizona state legislature regarding the financing for the Coyotes new arena.
The focus of Bettman’s letter is Senate Bill 1149. If passed, it would provide $395-million in public-private funding to get the arena built; with more emphasis on public funds than private.
The Commissioner writes of the league’s desire to keep the club in the greater-Phoenix area and how the current rink in Glendale is not meeting the needs of the franchise.
From Bettman’s letter, provided by KTAR.com (feel free to read it in your best impression of the commish):
“The Greater Phoenix region represents a strong hockey market which we are proud to have included in the NHL. With that said, let me be abundantly clear: the Coyotes’ current location in Glendale at Gila River Arena is not economically capable of supporting a successful NHL franchise. For the past 15 years, a succession of ownership groups and the League have tried everything imaginable to make the Glendale location financially sustainable. Our combined efforts all have yielded the same result – a consistent economic loss.
The simple truth? The Arizona Coyotes must have a new arena location to succeed. The Coyotes cannot and will not remain in Glendale.“
[Emphasis is his own.]
This is the first trade deadline for Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka and it hasn’t exactly been the most fun. After dealing Michael Stone to the Calgary Flames earlier in the week, the 27-year-old GM sent Martin Hanzal and Ryan White to the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
“Today has not been an easy day,” Chayka said candidly on a conference call with reporters. “It’s kind of miserable, to be honest. And right now I’m just trying to make the best of a bad situation.”
The bad situation is the Coyotes sitting at 29th, and according to Chayka, he has no choice but to continue to prep for the future. That vision continued with the Hanzal and White trade.
The Coyotes sent fourth round pick in 2017 to Minnesota along with Hanzal and White. In return Arizona gets a 2017 first round draft choice, a 2018 second round draft choice and a 2019 conditional fourth round draft choice plus prospect Grayson Downing, who was assigned to the Tucson Roadrunners.
The Arizona Coyotes had just tied the game when Martin Hanzal’s wrap around attempt banked in off Jordie Benn’s skate.
The Dallas Stars nearly took the lead shortly thereafter if it wasn’t for Luke Schenn.
Brett Ritchie and Oliver Ekman-Larsson battle for the puck in front of the net. Ritchie’s swipe at the puck causes it to dribble towards the open goal. All the sudden Schenn comes flying into the crease.
He initially misses the puck and lands on the ice. He has to flip his stick around so it hooks the puck right as it crosses the goal line.
The goal horn goes off and the Stars celebrate. It’s immediately reviewed by officials and overturned.
The game was tied at 2-2 when the two teams entered the third period. That’s when Jamie Benn reminded people he’s Jamie f-ing Benn.
Big Brother Jordie blasts a pass from behind the blueline to a streaking Jamie at the opposite blueline. The Stars captain flies into the offensive zone.
He gives Louis Domingue a sweet fake that the netminder totally bites on. Then Benn whips around the net and scores on the wrap around.
The goal put the Stars up 3-2 and would stand as the game winner.
In overtime, Tobias Rieder had the game on his stick. No question about it.
He encountered one slight problem … Martin Jones.
Shane Doan and Reider were in on a two-on-one against Marc-Eduard Vlasic. Doan passed the puck perfectly to Rieder who sets it up in his wheelhouse and tickets it for the top corner.
The San Jose Sharks netminder went old school with a push off windmill stack of sorts only to snare the puck with his glove.
What you don’t see is the reason Vlasic was all alone.
In the neutral zone, Doan gives Joe Thornton a nice elbow to the face. Jumbo was not thrilled and gave the officials a piece of his beard at the next stoppage.
The Coyotes went on to win the game in the shootout.
Normally seeing one of your loved ones getting in a fight might bring you pause.
Well, you’re not a hockey dad. More specifically, you’re not a hockey dad on the Arizona Coyotes dad’s trip in a group that includes former pugilist Ty Domi.
In Max Domi’s second game back from injury, he wasn’t about to throw down with any of the San Jose Sharks.
No problem though. Lawson Crouse has filled in just fine while Max has been out.
Case and point: Crouse throws down with Brendan Dillon in the first period Saturday night.
Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has been suspended for three games by the NHL for violating Rule 40.4 – Physical Abuse of Officials.
Per the rule book:
40.4 Automatic Suspension – Category III – Any player who […] deliberately applies physical force to an official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation shall be suspended for not less than three (3) games.
He will forfeit $14,388.90 in salary.
The incident happened at the end of the second period of Saturday night’s game against the Calgary Flames.
Late in the second period, the always intense Arizona Coyotes netminder Mike Smith decided he’d had enough of the Dallas Stars and their (perceived) shenanigans around his goal crease.
A poke at the puck after the whistle by Radek Faska set Smith off.
This reaction by Smith was hilarious to Faksa. Seriously, he was laughing as the increasingly unhinged goaltender chased after him on the ice.
Peter Holland wanted out of Toronto and on Friday he finally got his wish. The Maple Leafs have traded the center to the Arizona Coyotes. In exchange the ‘Yotes give up a 2018 conditional draft pick.
The relationship between the Toronto Maple Leafs and center Peter Holland had become seriously strained over the past two weeks.
From James Mirtle of The Athletic:
Holland, 25, was a healthy scratch in 17 of the Leafs first 25 games this season and played sparingly when in the lineup (less than 11 minutes a game). It was clear last season he was not a favourite of coach Mike Babcock, and it’s believed Holland requested a trade at some point in mid-November.
Part of what made a deal difficult is that Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello did not want a player in return, and Holland is making $1.3-million this season.
What Lou wants, Lou gets; hence the draft pick. Craig Morgan of AZ Sports is reporting it could be a conditional sixth rounder.
Frightening set of events unfolded in Arizona prior to the AHL game between the Tucson Roadrunners and the Manitoba Moose as Roadrunners captain Craig Cunningham collapsed to the ice after the anthems.
The Arizona Daily Star first reported on the incident:
Cunningham collapsed just moments before the puck was scheduled to drop. He appeared to convulse after hitting the ice. Medics worked on Cunningham, who was lying on his back, and cut away his jersey. They performed chest compressions before moving him off the ice and into an ambulance.
Players returned to their respective dressing rooms. The AHL announced the game would be postponed with no makeup scheduled at this time.
With 8:37 to go in the second period, Arizona Coyotes forward Brad Richardson collided with Nikita Tryamkin of the Vancouver Canucks.
Richardson immediately dropped to the ice, threw off his gloves and appeared to grab his face. From the initial overhead shot on Sportsnet, it looked as if Richardson had taken a stick to the throat or face.
The trainer came out, followed by doctors, and later a stretcher with paramedics. Richardson’s injury became clear as his right leg was stabilized on a pillow; he screamed in pain.