NHL will continue to own, operate Phoenix Coyotes franchise
The Phoenix Coyotes franchise will continue to be owned and operated by the NHL. League officials plan to work with Glendale, Ariz., to move a sale process forward.
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Greg Jamison was unable to pull together the funds and investors he needed to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes before a deadline with the city of Glendale expired.
His bid to buy the team from the NHL might not be over, though.
"We remain hopeful the Coyotes sale process will be resolved successfully and we will continue to work with the City of Glendale to move the process forward," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement Friday.
In case attempts to keep the franchise in Arizona fail, Seattle has been mentioned in speculation about relocation.
Jamison was unable to complete his purchase of the Coyotes before midnight Thursday, the deadline set in a 20-year, $308 million lease agreement he reached with Glendale for Jobing.com Arena last year.
In a statement, Jamison said he will continue to work toward buying the team but added the lease agreement with the city would have to be renegotiated.
The franchise has been run by the NHL for more than three years and will continue to be.
Coyotes chief operating officer Mike Nealy said. "The Coyotes will continue to be owned by the NHL and nothing changes for our organization."
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Jordan Schroeder scored in a shootout to give the Vancouver Canucks a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Schroeder fired a low shot that squeaked through the pads of Chicago's Corey Crawford in the fourth round of the shootout.
Alex Edler scored in regulation for the Canucks (4-2-2).
Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo made 27 saves.
Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks, who lost their second straight in a shootout after starting the season with six victories.
• Henrik Zetterberg had three goals and two assists to lead host Detroit to a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues. The Blues beat the Red Wings 6-0 on Jan. 19 in the opener for both teams.