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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- When the city of Glendale backed out of an arena lease deal with the Arizona Coyotes last year, it put the future of the franchise in doubt yet again.Turns out, Glendale may have done the Coyotes a favor.The Coyotes announced a proposal Monday to build a 16,000-seat arena near Arizona State Universitys main campus by 2019, a deal that would put the team in the heart of the Phoenix areas population and financial center.Someone said at the time it would be a silver lining, Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said of the Glendale City Councils decision. This is a gold lining.The new arena will be on a 58-acre parcel within Arizona States Athletic Facilities District, less than two miles from campus. The NHL arena will include an attached 4,000-seat multi-sport arena that would be used for Coyotes practices as well as by ASU athletics and youth hockey teams.The Coyotes agreement with developer Catellus Development Corp. sets a June 30 deadline for creating the overall budget, design and operational plan for developing the arena.Coyotes majority owner Andrew Barroway said the arena will cost around $400 million, with the team picking up about half the cost. The other half will be through public-private funding, according to LeBlanc.Lets be realistic here: These types of arenas dont happen without some kind of public-private partnership, LeBlanc said. Its an absolute requirement, but the world has shifted where teams would look for the entire bill to be covered by a governmental agency, you see a shift toward the middle of the spectrum.The Coyotes shared an arena with the NBAs Phoenix Suns after moving from Winnipeg in 1996 and moved to the Phoenix suburb of Glendale in 2003. The team had other options at the time, including Scottsdale, but the area where they are now was expected to be the growth area in Phoenix, so the franchise went with Glendale.The Coyotes time in Glendale has been tumultuous, starting with former owner Jerry Moyes taking the team into bankruptcy in 2009, leading to the franchise being operated by the NHL for four years.The Coyotes signed a 15-year, $225 million arena lease deal with the city of Glendale in 2013, but the City Council voted to terminate the lease last year. The sides agreed to a restructured lease agreement last July to keep the team in Glendale for two more seasons. The team has a lease option for next season and LeBlanc said the team is already working on extending it.Arizona had considered sites in downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe before LeBlanc announced in June that the team had selected a then-unnamed site for its new home.One of the drawbacks of having the arena on the west side of town was that it was too difficult for fans on the east side to get to games, particularly during rush-hour traffic for weekday games.The new site will put the Coyotes on the more-populous east side of the Valley of the Sun and, they hope, lead to bigger crowds. The Coyotes annually have among the NHLs lowest attendance figures.Any business that you run, you want to make sure youre close as possible to the majority of your customers, LeBlanc said. Its just a simple, empirical fact that the majority of the people are on the east side. Thats not to say anything negative about our friends here on the west side, its just a fact that the vast majority are on the east side.The Coyotes hope to have construction begin by the end of next summer and have the arena ready for play by the 2019-20 season. There are still a few hurdles to cross -- namely the public funding side of the equation -- but Monday was a big step toward the Coyotes finding a permanent home.Its a long road to get here, but everything looks great for the Coyotes, Barroway said. For staying in Arizona. Were going to be in a place we think is the ideal location. Were going to build a world-class facility we believe our fans will be excited about and want to come to. Authentic Josh Rosen Jersey . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. Authentic Chris Campbell Jersey .ca! Hi Kerry, Heres an interesting one. I know its common knowledge that all players are responsible for their sticks. We witnessed that when Zack Kassian hit Edmontons Sam Gagner in the face after a missed check. .com) - The Montreal Canadiens embark on their first road trip of the season as they head out west to battle the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Cheap Arizona Cardinals Jerseys China . "Thank you for the warm welcome," Beckham said on an 80-degree February morning. In this case, it was soccer weather. The sport moved a step closer to returning to South Florida on Wednesday, when Beckham confirmed he has exercised his option to purchase a Major League Soccer expansion franchise in Miami. Authentic Korey Cunningham Jersey . Sgt. Eric ONeal says most of the arrests at Monday nights game were for public drunkenness, though one person was taken into custody on suspicion of trying to steal a seat from the stadium. Last season, the Calgary Flames were dead last in even-strength save percentage at .911. No matter how many good, young players a team has, its almost impossible to overcome inconsistent goaltending.Ultimately, it cost 2015 Jack Adams winner Bob Hartley his job and led to a revamp in goal by GM Brad Treliving which should push the Flames back into playoff contention.After deciding the price for Ben Bishop was too high, the Flames have turned to Brian Elliott to turn that save percentage around. It was a wise choice.The Blues were No. 4 overall in team save percentage last season, and Elliott led the league with a .930 save percentage.Its exciting. We get Elliott but also [Chad] Johnson, center Sean Monahan?said. Two solid goalies. I think deep down we have a good team. We didnt show it last year -- sometimes the NHL is tough. Those kind of years cant happen. Im looking forward to a fresh start.Elliott will miss playing in a Ken Hitchcock system but is the kind of competitor who will look at his opportunity in Calgary as a chance to prove hes more than a system goalie and that St. Louis made the wrong choice in going with Jake Allen.Hes somebody who wants to be that guy to take a team, Monahan said. I think hes excited about it.Best new facesAlong with trading for Elliott, the Flames did well to get Chad Johnson signed to a very reasonable one-year deal worth $1.7 million. Johnson had a .920 save percentage last year in 45 games with the?Buffalo Sabres and has an above-average .917 save percentage in 101 career games with the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and Sabres. Elliott is used to sharing time in St. Louis, and the 31-year-old has only eclipsed the 50-start plateau once in his NHL career. Johnson solidifies the position for the Flames.The addition of Troy Brouwer gives the Flames more size on the wing and a veteran presence in the dressing room. Players on the Blues raved about how Brouwer immediately fit in last season in St. Louis and was entrenched as a team leader by the time the playoffs rolled around. He also scored huge goals during the Blues run to the Western Conference finals, finishing with eight postseason goals.IIts exciting.ddddddddddddHes a big body, he can skate well, Monahan said. When you have people who are good people in the dressing room, that makes your team better. He works hard, goes to the dirty areas.Biggest unknownsTreliving took a bit of a risk when he chose Glen Gulutzan as Hartleys replacement behind the bench. Until last season, Hartley maximized results with the roster he was given, somehow advancing the Flames to the second round of the playoffs in 2015. But the Flames were also consistently near the bottom of the NHL in possession, and thats a tough way to consistently win.A system change in Calgary should help fix that problem, and the Flames certainly have the horses both on defense and at forward to play a puck-possession game, if thats where Gulutzan is headed. But, unlike Hartley, he doesnt have a lot of head-coaching experience or a track record of winning. Treliving is a smart guy and didnt make this hire lightly, but until Gulutzan proves himself consistently as an NHL head coach, there will be questions as to whether or not he was the right hire.Sure thingsFor the sake of this preview, were going to assume Johnny Gaudreau gets signed. These things have a way of working themselves out. And one thing Flames fans had to love was the performance Gaudreau turned in during the World Cup. If there was any doubt before, that Gaudreau could play his game against the best competition in the world, he ended it.Hes Calgarys version of Patrick Kane, and on a World Cup team that featured generational stars like Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews, Gaudreau proved he belonged, using his speed consistently to spring odd-man rushes. He also showed a willingness to go into traffic around the net to score goals.He scored a career-high 30 goals last season, and if he gets signed and plays a full season, he should top that number this year.PredictionPropelled by improved goaltending, the Flames will return to the playoffs by securing a wild-card spot. If, however, the Gaudreau holdout works itself into the regular season, all bets are off. Black China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China NFL Jerseys China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Wholesale Throwback Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Online ' ' '

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