Deadline nears for potential Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison
Potential owner Greg Jamison has less than a week left to finalize a deal with the city of Glendale, Ariz., to buy the Coyotes. (Darryl Webb/Reuters/Files)
Potential Phoenix Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison must purchase the team by Thursday or he'll lose a goodwill deal established by the previous Glendale city council.
The previous council had agreed to a 20-year deal to use and manage Jobing.com Arena, but Glendale voters booted out four of the seven sitting members of council during the Nov. 6 election. The new members are not as cosy with Jamison as the previous politicians.
The current deal will pay Jamison, the former CEO of the San Jose Sharks, an average of $15 million to manage all non-hockey events and his ownership group about $300 million in city payments over the life of the contract.
That is if he seals the deal. New mayor Jerry Weiers is doubtful Jamison will follow through.
"For the life of me, I can't figure why, if everything is lined up, if he's got the money in hand, why would he postpone this? That's the only thing I haven't been able to figure out," Weiers told The Arizona Republic. "What would be the purpose of delaying it?"
"We're aware of what we have to do to get this closed. We're working very hard to get there. So far, the anticipation is that we will get there. That's kind of where we're at, at the moment, and I probably wouldn't take it much further than that."
JASON ARNOTT FAILS PHYSICAL
Faster than you can say Stanley Cup champion, Jason Arnott's deal with the New York Rangers was quashed.
The 38-year-old Arnott failed his physical, putting a kibosh on his prorated deal worth $1.6-1.7 million.
Arnott has 417 goals, 521 assists for 938 points in 1,244 games.
NO DISCIPLINE FOR SHARKS' STUART
San Jose Sharks defenceman Brad Stuart will not be disciplined for lowering the boom on Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog.
During the Sharks-Avalanche game Saturday, Stuart laid out Landeskog with 4:23 left in the first period, which led to Colorado defenceman Ryan O'Byrne picking a fight with Stuart.
O'Byrne was sent off for instigating the fight, and Sharks winger Patrick Marleau would capitalize on the power play.
NASHVILLE WILL BE WITHOUT HORNQVIST
Nashville Predators sniper Patric Hornqvist will be out indefinitely with a lower body injury suffered during the team's Saturday game against the Anaheim Ducks.
"He's a big part of what we do," head coach Barry Trotz told the Tennessean. "He's a great guy who brings a lot of energy. He's as hard as they come. He's one of the best net-front guys here in the league, if not the best."
Hornqvist has led the Predators in goals scored for the past three seasons with 27 last year, 21 in 2010-11 and 30 in 2009-10.
SABRES SCRATCH VANEK
Buffalo Sabres' top scorer Thomas Vanek did not suit up for their game against the Washington Capitals on Sunday.
The reason: A muscle strain.
"I anticipated really that Thomas was going to be able to play. I thought cases like this you can usually bounce back, but it's a day-to-day type situation," coach Lindy Ruff told the Buffalo News.
Filling in for Vanek was Buffalo's 2012 first-round draft pick Mikhail Grigorenko. He shared shifts with linemates Steve Ott and Drew Stafford.
The Sabres lost the game 3-2.
BRIEFLY: The Philadelphia Flyers have sent Scott Laughton back down to the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals. He had no points in five games for the Flyers … Minnesota Wild also sent down their young pick, Matthew Dumba, sending the 18-year-old back to the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels.