According to a report, Bill Gallacher, owner of the WHL's Portland Winterhawks, may be interested in buying the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes and moving them to Oregon. (PERRY NELSON/QMI Agency)
Move over Quebec City, you just might have a little competition.
Following Greg Jamison’s unsuccessful bid to meet this week’s deadline to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes under the terms of the lease agreement the ‘Yotes have with the City of Glendale, there are whispers that a new relocation bid is taking shape.
Not only did a city councilor tell The Arizona Republic this week that a new bid has emerged, but multiple sources have indicated that the new bidder might be Calgary-based Portland Winterhawks owner Bill Gallacher.
According to FOX Sports Arizona, Gallacher could be looking to purchase a controlling interest in an effort to move the ‘Yotes to Portland, where an NHL-ready arena awaits.
Working against Gallacher right now is the fact Jamison assured Phoenix fans Thursday he’ll continue his mission to purchase the Coyotes under a different plan.
In addition, league commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed the league is dedicated to keeping the team in Glendale.
NHL FIGHT A HAND-BITER
St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart says he picked up a hand injury during a scrap with Columbus Blue Jacket Derek Dorsett Thursday night – but it wasn’t from throwing punches.
No, it came as a result of something much grimier – and the 25-year-old insists he has the marks to prove it.
“Yeah, he bit me,” Stewart told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Want to see the teeth marks?”
Although Dorsett denied the claims, Stewart was seen jawing back and forth with Dorsett as the pair went to the sin bin, even pleading his case with officials.
“We were chirping back and forth,” Dorsett told the Columbus Dispatch after the game. “I have no idea what he was saying.”
STAAL CALLS OUT MALKIN
Marc Staal, a player who missed significant time last season due to a concussion, is accusing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin of chopping him in the head.
During the first period of Thursday night’s game, after taking Malkin to the ground following a whistle, the New York Rangers defenceman claims the Pens’ leading scorer swung his stick at his head.
“He tomahawked me right on top of the helmet,” Staal told the Bergen Record. “He dazed me. I don’t know how that’s not called.”
After missing 36 games last year, “dazed” likely isn’t a word Rangers head coach John Tortorella wants to hear.
Nonetheless, Torts declined comment Friday, even after video replay showed Malkin’s stick flying dangerously high on the play.
The Colorado Avalanche on Friday placed captain Gabriel Landeskog on injured reserve. Landeskog has been out since taking what he termed a “clean” hard hit from San Jose Sharks defenceman Brad Stuart on Jan. 26. "I thought it was a hard hit,” he told NHL.com. “I haven't seen it but I think it was a clean hit or felt like a clean hit.” … Detroit Red Wings defenceman Ian White is hoping to return from a leg laceration that has forced him out of Detroit’s last three contests. “I was skating for a few days now, felt fine,” White told MLive.com. “The doctor explained if you fall and that leg jackknifes it’ll blow everything up in there.” The Wings travel to Columbus Saturday night.