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Coyotes GM will meet with prospective new owner

Jun 1, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

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Coyotes GM Don Maloney likes the chances of former Sharks executive Greg Jamison buying the Phoenix Coyotes in the not too distant future.

“The National Hockey League is still running the team until there is a closing,” Maloney said, “but certainly we’re all very optimistic it will get done. It may not close until later in the off-season, but that’s fine.”

Jamison and the city of Glendale are working to come to a building management agreement. After that, Jamison will raise the remainder of the equity needed to purchase the team.

Of course, he could run into issues between now and then. On Wednesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman couldn’t say with 100% certainty that the team would still be in Glendale at the start of the 2012-13 season.

All the same, Maloney is working towards the possibility of Jamison buying the team. The two are scheduled to meet next week to discuss next season’s budget. They also plan to devise a strategy for re-signing key coaches and players, including captain Shane Doan.

“I feel we can sign him tomorrow,” Maloney said, “but right now, we have a matter with our own team that needs to get resolved.”

Doan would be one of the better free agents on the market if he decides to test the waters.

  1. ynothockey - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    Looking forward to Jamison taking control of the Coyotes and keeping them in AZ for the next 30 years. I don’t see any problems in keeping Doan in a Phoenix Coyotes jersey for the remainder of his career.

  2. comeonnowguys - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Looking forward to seeing this team finish 29th and 30th in attendance for the next 30 years.

    “Remember that one time we make it to the conference finals? That was awesome!”

  3. ynothockey - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:36 PM


  4. ynothockey - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I have supported this team every year win or lose and will continue no matter what people think or say. So make your comments if you feel the need.

  5. wisbadgers - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    “Remember that one time we make it to the conference finals? That was awesome!”….
    …and we beat the crap out of the overrated Blackhawks. They couldn’t keep Patrick Kane sober. And all their fans did was whine about poor Marion Hossa. What’s Hossa doing now? Oh, he sits on a chair and talks with his best friend Steve Blake. Good memories, good memories indeed.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, comeonnowguys.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:32 AM

      The rest of the league will remember Mike Smith showing his ass as a diver, a slasher, and a whiner.

      The rest of the league will remember the Coyotes up in arms over a conspiracy when the other shoe of bad officiating (ignoring bad calls against the Kings) finally drops.

      The rest of the league will remember what the fans did after the team lost.

      Personally I still have the memory of my favorite team hoisting a Stanley Cup less than 24 months ago.

      • wisbadgers - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        Did I strike a nerve with you, comeonnowguys? Ha ha ha ha.

        I think the Coyotes/Blackhawks series will be remembered for two things:
        Marrion Hossa/Raffi Torres and Patrick Kane’s sobriety going off the deep end. Both situations are sad and unfortunate. Both were hard plays that will have a lasting affect on the Hawks – Raffi’s hit on Hossa and Kane’s embarrassing handling of his demons. It’s sad that a guy has so much going for him would potentially jeopardize his career because of a drinking illness.

      • comeonnowguys - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:12 AM

        I’m pretty sure I’d be calling you names if you hit a nerve.

        I’m not sure the connection between Kane’s CdM bender and series is that obvious. He’s an asshat that can’t handle his liquor. He doesn’t need a series loss, win, or missing the playoffs to prove it.

  6. wisbadgers - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    And for the record, I’m a huge Marion Hossa fan and cannot wait to see him on the ice again but I’m sick and tired of all the trolls trolling around to vomit negativity about the Coyotes.

    For the record, the Blackhawks had an attendance average per game of 12,727 in 2006-7 and last year averaged 21,534 per game. If the Blackhawks can do it, why not support the Coyotes growing their fan base?

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 2, 2012 at 8:19 AM

      Surely if you can look up attendance numbers, you can look up Dollar Bill Wirtz.

      The difference is Chicago actually has a natural hockey market, and had an owner driving active fans away.

      The difference is that the owner finally died and they finally broadcast a majority of their games on this novel thing called the TV. I believe a month after he died, they made the increased TV agreement,

      So, does Phoenix have
      a) a natural hockey market with lifelong fans?
      b) an owner who actively ruined his own team for decades, long enough to drive the lifelong fans into attendance hiding?
      c) the ability to suddenly offer a majority of games to not only those fans, but the rest of the third-largest television market in the country?

      If so, then sure, I guess they can turn it around.

  7. ynothockey - Jun 2, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    FYI. Most people who live in Phoenix now are from “hockey” markets. Have lots of friends from Chicago, Detroit, NY, Pittsburg, Vancouver. So yes there are ALOT of people who are hockey fans who live here now.
    As far as fans throwing crap on ice must have been from Vancouver same ones that rioted after in the finals losing last year.
    Years ago i remember Patrick Roy throwing his goalie stick at Coyotes Krys Kolanos after scoring a goal. Sometimes emotions get the best of even the best players.

  8. ynothockey - Jun 2, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    I am a huge hockey fan. Play, coach and ref hockey in Phoenix area now. Being from the Midwest myself I grew up a fan of the Blackhawks have been for 35 years. I have been a season ticket holder for the Phoenix Coyotes for 15 years now and support my local NHL team. Every year the Coyotes play the Blackhawks I take friends with me that grew up in Chicago also do the same with friends from Detroit when the Red Wings are in town. I don’t care who people root for when they come to Coyotes games just want them to come fill the stands.

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