NHL notes: Coyotes closing in on potential owner
|A new Phoenix Coyotes owner could soon be announced. (DARRYL WEBB/Reuters)
The Phoenix Coyotes may soon have a new owner that will keep the team in Glendale for the foreseeable future.
California investment executive Darin Pastor, who has a family history of hockey team ownership, submitted a bid to the NHL Friday to buy the Coyotes and keep them in Glendale, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.
Pastor is also interested in putting in a bid to run Jobing.com Arena, and has a May 24 deadline.
The bid is described as being a "premium" deal for the NHL and could be done by early June as it involves Pastor's family and would not include outside investors.
In late March, Pastor announced his interest in purchasing the Coyotes after contacting team president Mike Nealy.
Pastor is the founder and CEO of Capstone Affluent Strategies, a wealth management firm located in Irvine, Calif.
The 42-year-old Buffalo native grew up around hockey. His grandfather and great-uncles bought the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League in 1956 after the previous owner threatened to move the team. The family sold the Bisons in 1971 when the NHL expanded to western New York with the Sabres.
PRICE SUFFERED SPRAINED KNEE
The Montreal Canadiens would have been without the services of goaltender Carey Price if the team advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs.
Price suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Game 4 against the Ottawa Senators and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
"I have to bring my game to a higher level," the 25-year-old netminder said at the Habs training facility in suburban Brossard. "I have what it takes physically and mentally to win the Stanley Cup."
Meanwhile, Habs forwards Alex Galchenyuk and Tomas Plekanec, along with defenceman Raphael Diaz, will participate at the world hockey championship in Sweden and Finland.
Galchenyuk will join Russia, Plekanec will play for Czech Republic and Diaz will suit up for Switzerland.
NO CHANGE BEHIND WILD BENCH
Head coach Mike Yeo's job is safe with the Minnesota Wild.
"He's our coach, he's our coach," general manager Fletcher told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Following their first-round playoff loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, Fletcher said he is not about to make any rash decisions and expects all assistant coaches back with the club next season.
"This year, while we think we have to shoot better and execute better, we had the puck more, we were in our zone less, we defended better, our structure was better. We were also the most disciplined team in the league. We gave up the fewest shorthanded situations."
Fletcher also shot down the idea of buying out forward Dany Heatley.
"That's not the case at all," Fletcher answered when asked if he was an automatic buyout. "We'll make all those decisions this summer. But no decision has been made at all. He's a pretty good player for us. We'll figure everything out."