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Coyotes’ failed run in Arizona might not mean end of NHL in desert

The NHL and MLB released a joint statement outlining the merger of the Arizona and Oakland teams, which will see the teams play in Sacramento before relocating to their home turf for the next three seasons.

The name of the club will be “The Coyot-A’s.”

Now, let’s get back to the main act…

After 28 years of unrequited love in the desert, the NHL is expected to move to Salt Lake City, but that doesn’t mean Gary’s stupidity is over. That’s because I’ve been told by some industry insiders that Arizona will be moving to the front of the expansion line. Will the hypothetical new team be able to resolve the situation in the arena? That’s a novel concept.

In fact, when the NHL was ready to dilute its product by adding two more teams and perhaps distributing another $2 billion into the bank accounts of each of the existing 32 owners, Arizona and Atlanta They may be waiting to provide funding. Feels like Back to the Future. Quebec and Cleveland will have to wait.

It looks like the coyotes are heading to Utah. NHLI (via Getty Images)

Arizona State didn’t fail as an NHL market as much as multiple owners failed the market. That’s why Gary Bettman won’t wave the white flag regarding the league’s interest in this Southwest outpost. The land grab from downtown Phoenix to Glendale in 2003 was as predictably a disaster as choosing to take the opening kickoff in overtime at the Super Bowl. Next time, it will be meaningful (and overdue) to include existing structures within the community.

I’m not sure adding Salt Lake City to the original 32 teams would necessarily add much cash to the league. But getting rid of this continuing embarrassment in the desert, which has increasingly become a flashpoint between Marty Walsh’s NHLPA and Ninth Avenue, means addition and subtraction for the league. The NHL would give up its minor league facilities while allowing Rob Manfred’s MLB to move into one of the great company-owned facilities in the history of professional sports.

Mr. Coyot A.

Arizona could get another expansion team if the Coyotes leave the state. AP

The Philadelphia front was all too quiet. The Flyers have gotten better at hockey. Apparently, it’s too good for head coach John Tortorella’s tastes. He went into full extreme mode, creating an atmosphere of conflict in which he lived, even while the team was falling apart.

Even though Tortorella has some good angels, he can’t leave them alone. There’s a fine line between a healthy dose of coach and a fatal overdose. Tortorella was most instrumental in the Black and Blueshirts’ incredible regular season success in 2011-12. But the playoffs ensued.

And by doubling down on himself and basically cutting his bench from Game 1 of the first round, the coach also was most unique in the Rangers losing momentum in their upset in the conference finals against the Devils. He was also a person with great responsibility.

He gives and then he takes. When the water is calm, coaches throw stones to create ripples. Sometimes even though it’s all in his head.


If not trading Semyon Varlamov over the past couple of years may have been the best trade Lou Lamoriello didn’t make as Islanders GM, it’s possible that not trading Semyon Varlamov over the last couple of years was the best trade Lou Lamoriello didn’t make as Islanders GM, and the veteran forward on a new four-year deal starting this year. Working in a market where maintaining a backup as a backup may represent the most serious problem for GM.

Seriously, who has Varlamov at least as good as Ilya Sorokin in this playoff battle, and who would second guess Patrick Roy for making that decision? Imagine if, for example, in 2008-09 the Rangers had split their team between Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron.

Semyon Varlamov made a save in the Islanders’ win over the Canadians. Corey Shipkin of the New York Post

Remember when one of Lamoriello’s first decisions after moving to the Island from Toronto was to replace Robin Lehner with Varlamov?

One thing Lamoriello has always done well is goaltending.


It would be an aura of responsibility and credibility if referee Kelly Sutherland, who didn’t make the call from several feet away in the first place when Noah Dobson blatantly ran into Vincent Trocheck, apologized through the NHL. Wouldn’t this be at least the first step towards fostering this? The emcee division, overseen by Stephen “Standing Ovation” Walkom?

During the Islanders’ 4-2 win earlier this week, Noah Dobson checked on Vincent Trocheck in the final minute of the game. Getty Images

In a verbal exchange with Trocheck, the referee defended his decision, but Trocheck told Slapshot that he thought Sutherland was doing a good job and was disappointed that he unleashed such a violent attack on him.


The only takeaway from Filip Sitil’s shocking appearance on Ice Friday is that three years into his tenure as Rangers president and GM, Chris Drury can keep secrets just as well as Lamoriello. is.


Finally, the moment Devin Cooley told E.J. Hradek on Friday’s NHL Network that “a little bit of existential nihilism never hurt anyone,” the 26-year-old rookie netminder from San Jose It was the moment when we pledged our support. Calder Trophy.

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