Great news in Leaf land as well. The Leaf rookies are tearing it up with over 200 points combined. Gotta love Babcock.
Kind of cool having Petes seasons and having seen guys like Marner and McDavid playing against the Petes just a few short years ago. I wasn't a fan of Wayne but love watching McDavid. Too bad I didn't appreciate Gretzky more but those oiler teams weren't loved by fans of other teams.
Habs have been grinding out wins all week, much to the chagrin of toronto sports media pundits.
The leafs have dropped out of the playoff mix at the moment. West coast killed them.
Jets are fighting for their playoff lives now. Took 5 days off and seemed like the teams they were hunting all pulled away.
Flames are sitting pretty after a strong week.
Oilers keep plugging along, and same goes for the Sens.
Canucks are toast.
NHL says Coyotes 'can't stay in Glendale'. Not 'financially viable there'. They want taxpayers to help build another new arena in a different area of Greater Phoenix. What a farce. Too bad they didn't move to Hamilton ten years ago.
Bettman says he wants to make it “abundantly clear? that the team can’t make money at Glendale’s Gila River Arena:
“The Coyotes current location is not economically capable of supporting a successful NHL franchise. For the past 15 years a succession of ownership groups have have tried everything imaginable to make the Glendale location financial sustainable. Our combined efforts have all yielded the same result - a consistent economic loss.?
It goes on to say in boldface letters:
“The simple truth: The Arizona Coyotes must have a new arena location to succeed. The Coyotes cannot and will not remain in Glendale.?
In statement released later Tuesday, Coyotes' majority owner Andrew Barroway painted a starker reality -- that the team could leave:
“While we cannot and will not stay in Glendale, we will continue to push our proposed public-private partnership until we either achieve a long-term arena solution in a more economically viable location in the Valley, or we reach the point where there is simply no longer a path forward in Arizona. At that point, as the Commissioner indicated, we will work with our partners in the League office and across the NHL to determine our next steps.?
I was discussing this very article with friends this morning:
Writing is on the wall for a move. If the team won't play in Glendale and a new arena won't be built elsewhere in Arizona, either Bettman eats his words and the team continues to play in Glendale and suffer $30M/year losses until the owner goes bankrupt or the team moves. Battman sure is stubborn. this team hasn't built a decent fan base in 20+ years, even with a new arena in 2003. why would he think another new arena is the fix? Arizona still owes $150M on the current arena. why would they want to build another to undermine the success of the first? should have moved the team to Las Vegas.
As much as i'd like to see the team moved to Quebec City, i think one of the Florida teams or the Hurricanes are destined to move the QC, keeping one of the struggling east teams in the East.
I believe Seattle’s Key Arena seats about 11k for hockey. The city has put out a request for proposals to gut the interior of Key Arena and replace it with something that would be acceptable for the NHL and/or NBA. City politicians seem to like Key Arena’s location. The unique exterior of Key Arena has a heritage designation, so it cannot be demolished. The biggest problem is that the arena has a significantly smaller area to work within than modern arenas.
If architects can find a way to re-invent Key Arena, and the Coyotes decide to move there, I would think that they could play at the Tacoma Dome on an interim basis. The Tacoma Dome is a unique facility. It is like a hybrid between an arena and a stadium, with moveable seating sections that allow it to host a wide variety of events. I believe it seats around 19k for hockey, but I don’t think it has any luxury suites or some of the other money-making amenities of modern arenas.
After last night's loss to the Flames, I think the Jets are toast. Poor goaltending has been their downfall down the stretch.
I can retire my heritage classic Jets jersey for the season. Still have my heritage classic Flames jersey and my Habs jersey in play. Haha
Leafs jacked up ticket prices again for next year and they look to be fading and I don't expect them to get in to the playoffs. 7-2 loss in Florida last night and they looked horrible. Glad I'm not a season ticket holding SUCKER.