Coyotes Sale / Richards Hit / Prendergast and more…

By , October 26, 2009 9:25 pm
Bettman works the jazz hands

Bettman works the jazz hands


Per TSN.

Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes has agreed to sell the bankrupt franchise to the NHL.

The agreement, which still must be approved by Judge Redfield T. Baum, was announced in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Monday after lawyers met for more than an hour during a recess in a status hearing on the case.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says that once the deal closes, the league will immediately look to sell the team, preferably to an owner who will keep the club in Arizona.

The deal is said to be worth about $128M US.


Brian Wilde of CTV Montreal reports that Kevin Prendergast has been in attendance at a few Montreal Canadiens games recently. Wilde suggests that the last two time Prendergast visited Montreal, Michael Ryder and Alex Kovalev were on the block. Let the speculation begin…


Ilya Kovalchuk broke his foot on Saturday in a game versus the San Jose Sharks. Kovalchuk was averaging just over 1 goal per game (9 goals in 8 games) and the Thrashers are 4-3-1 to start the season, so the loss will heavily be felt. My condolences to whomever picked him up in our pool and any other pool. Bet you were all pretty damn excited at how his season got off to a spectacular start! What a shame that is.


For those that missed the hit itself:

Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren states that Mike Richards will not be suspended for his hit on David Booth on Saturday night. In my view, Richards saw that Booth was looking away and laid his shoulder up high. To me that is suspendable and setting a bad example. Am I wrong in thinking this hit has worse intent than Tuomo Ruutu’s hit on Darcy Tucker, an offense that landed him a 3 game suspension?

Share your thoughts in the comment section.

11 Responses to “Coyotes Sale / Richards Hit / Prendergast and more…”

  1. Racki says:

    I haven’t listened to the media opinion on the Richards on Booth hit, but to me, if Ruutu got suspended for 3 games, Richards should have got at least that. I of course presume that Paul Holmgrem is basing his statement on information given by the league, obviously. Anyways, I think Richards saw a vulnerable player who was ready to give him a highlight reel hit. Maybe not looking to put him on a stretcher, but thinking about making a huge hit as he really leaned the shoulder into the head of Booth. Why can’t the league ever get this stuff right?

    Do you guys think this was a clean hit?? Did I miss something? What happened to clamping down on head shots?

  2. Bostonoiler says:

    I think Richards needs to be suspended to send a message to everyone that this will not be tolerated by the league. I think it was a dirty hit too. I think the Coyotes will be heading to Quebec City, I think thats why the NHL has been meeting with them lately. I heard that the Oilers are looking at making a deal for both kostitsyn bros and Pleckanec. The end of Horcoff? Keep an eye on that whole rumor.

  3. Horpensky says:

    Another exception for star players. Ovechkin got away with just a fine and no suspension, while Artukynen (sp?) gets the suspension. No Ovechkin/Richards means no revenue. No Arukynen… well who gives a frink.

    Moyes and Gretzky must be pissed too with all the money they lost. Now the NHL is looking to find someone who preferably will operate the Coyotes in Phoenix. I don’t think many people will be willing to invest in a losing market after seeing what Moyes went through.

  4. Racki says:

    Yah, no kidding. It’s like trying to sell a house built on quicksand. Who the hell would want to keep the team in Phoenix if Gretzky can’t sell hockey there? Good luck! Move the damn team already.

    B.O.: I’m kind of pulling for a return of the Nords’ glorious fleur-de-lis uniform 😉

  5. Hockey Noob says:

    Wow, I hadn’t watched the David Booth hit yet. Seeing him lie on the ice without moving is pretty concerning. It looked like he was out cold for quite some time.

  6. Racki says:

    Yah that was a pretty bad hit. And I change my stance a bit on the Tucker hit too. There was some discussion in the General Discussion section between Chucker and I. I thought that hit was pretty innocent, but one of the replays shows Ruutu step into that hit pretty hard, and I agree now that with Tucker having his back to the play it’s a pretty dangerous hit and one Ruutu shouldn’t make. At the very least, not with that kind of force. But I still think the Richards hit on Booth was worse and easily suspendible.

  7. Trogdor says:

    I’ll skip the whole issue on headshots, and speak about the Coyotes. What’s next?

    Is the offer on the table that was agreed to any different than the offer that was already rejected by Baum? I’m sure some “conditions” have been altered, but the price point is still the same, leaving many people burned in Arizona no matter how strong the SPF.

    Will Bettman pull a 180 and sell the Coyotes to our Canadian Blackberry overlord with the NHL quickly pocketing a cool 100 million?

    I thought this one would be put to bed for a little while and am suprised to hear about Moyes agreeing to a sale that dollars wise was nowhere near the offer he received from Ballsilie. It is a business and at the end of the day it comes down to dollars and cents when it comes to a sale. Very interested in what’s behind this deal. Hopefully we find out one day…

  8. chucker says:

    The problem with open ice hits like that is the guy had the puck, and it’s not a hit from behind. I think this is why the NHL is affraid to target this type of hit. They are affraid guys will dance over the blue line without fear of a hit, and they are right to a degree. I don’t like the fact he left on a stretcher but it is a different type of hit than Tucker’s hit from behind.

    I think what needs to be really focussed on is “intent to injure” here. The refs need to be given backing and balls to make that call when a predatory hit happens. It was a brutal shot and the ref should have the ability of replay to make that call too. This will make the decision of intent, in concert with the boys in TO, easier to call. Not all open ice hits that result in injuries are dirty. Lots are, but lots are not. The NHL needs to do video review of these and then if it’s intent to injure, there are very clear rules there.

  9. zackman35 says:

    I think I completely agree with Chucker there on the hit. Although I still think they should get rid of the instigator penalty because it would really make a guy think twice about the repercussions when hitting a guy like that or in any matter really.

    And on the Coyotes, just bring them to Canada already =p. Instead of having a Hamilton team though I personally would rather see a Jets team or maybe even a Nordiques team…

  10. Horpensky says:

    Racki: Yah, no kidding. It’s like trying to sell a house built on quicksand. Who the hell would want to keep the team in Phoenix if Gretzky can’t sell hockey there? Good luck! Move the damn team already.
    B.O.: I’m kind of pulling for a return of the Nords’ glorious fleur-de-lis uniform

    haha nice analogy! I think this calls for a comic…

  11. Mr.Majestyk says:

    With regards to the Richards hti on Booth:

    I agree with you Chucker, to an extent. Players have to make themselves aware of where they are on the ice and that a hit might be coming. With the hit on Booth though, he’s more concerned with the D infront of him stepping up and leveling him, not Richards coming from behind/beside him and steamrolling him. Richards said after the game that he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone, just trying to seperate him from the puck, but Booth wasn’t in posession of the puck at the time of contact so that is out the window. I see it as more of a finishing a check, which is totally fine by me because he had just passed it off and then got hit. I think where I take most issue is that each player out there has an opportunity to let up on a hit if they choose to. What else does someone forsee will occur when they blindside a guy so hard that they fall down themselves after making the hit?

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