NHL notes: Glendale wants to rework deal with Jamison
|Former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison speaks after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league owned Phoenix Coyotes is in a tentative deal to sell the team to a group that includes Jamison during a press conference before the start of Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference semifinal in Phoenix, Arizona, May 7, 2012. (REUTERS)
There's another glitch in the potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Greg Jamison.
The City of Glendale now wants to rework its 20-year, $324 million lease deal with Jamison that was agreed to in June, according to the Arizona Republic. Following a closed-door meeting on the issue, city council told administrators not to sign the deal with Jamison until he buys the team and changes can me made to some of the terms.
"Since June, the city and the NHL have been saying the next step is for Mr. Jamison to purchase the team, at which time the city was ready to sign the agreement,"Glendale spoeswoman Julie Frisoni said. "At this time, in light of other issues, the council has asked us to go back and look at options that are feasible in terms of the management agreement."
Although reports have indicated Jamison is short some of the cash needed to buy the team -- around $20 million -- he told the newspaper he's ready to go forward with the deal.
"We have the funds together," he told the Republic. "We're ready to go forward, and I'm ready to sign the deal that was negotiated earlier in the summer."
Glendale recently granted a 30-day extension for the NHL to continue operating Jobing.com Arena while the deal with Jamison is being worked on.
MUELLER FEELS '100%'
Forward Peter Mueller says his concussion-like symptoms are behind him and he's ready to resume an NHL career that started with much promise.
Mueller, signed as a free agent by the Florida Panthers, told the Sun-Sentinal that he feels 100% healthy for the first time since his rookie season of 2007-08, when he had 22 goals and 32 assists for the Phoenix Coyotes.
"It's 1005 behind me," he said of his concussion woes. "I tell people all the time I haven't felt this clear since my first year, which is awesome. I feel great on the ice and in the weight room, just in overall health, I feel a lot better than what I'm used to to, so that's exciting and encouraging.
"In some aspects I'm like a rookie again, obviously with the past. I'm thrilled to be with all these new faces and everyone's welcomed me with open arms. It's not every day you can play hockey in South Florida."
Mueller, signed to a one-year, $1.75 million deal in July, missed 50 games last season after sitting out the entire 2010-11 campaign.
PENS INK FOUR
The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed four players to one-year, two-way contracts Thursday.
Forward Eric Tangradi got a $726,000 deal while defencemen Brian Strait ($605,000), Robert Bortuzzo ($525,000) and Alex Grant ($525,000) also signed.
Tangradi split the 2011-12 season between the Penguins and their AHL affiliate, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He had two assists in 24 games with the Pens and 15 goals and 16 assists in 37 minor-league games.
Strait, Bortuzzo and Grant played primarily with the AHL club.