McKenzie: Not necessarily at end of Coyotes sale saga yet

Bob McKenzie

5/8/2012 1:57:00 AM

Some quick thoughts from the NHL on TSN panel on Monday.

I wouldn't necessarily say this is the deal that ends the saga for the Phoenix Coyotes; I wouldn't say 'take it to the bank.' Gary Bettman articulated some concerns in terms of the arena lease and the Goldwater Institute, and in the immortal words of mythical Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell, 'Show me the money!'

Right now Greg Jamison has obviously represented to the NHL that he has investors and financing that will take care of this - believed to be as much as $170 million while some people are reporting $130 million.

It will be somewhere in that ballpark but there will come a moment of truth where he'll have to lay the money on the table and say, 'This counts for real now, we have a deal with the NHL and the city of Glendale.'

All those things have to happen, but obviously the NHL believes Greg Jamison is the pony. They've saddled him up, they can kind of see the finish line in the distance, but they may still have to jump over a couple of hurdles along the way.

The Radulov Experiment

In the NHL, when you win you don't have to answer anybody's questions and when you lose everybody dissects everything.

The post-mortem on the Nashville Predators is that the Alexander Radulov experiment failed and failed miserably.

In the first round against the Detroit Red Wings, he was terrific and gave lots of hope, but early in the second round to have the curfew violation, and become such a distraction to his team, that really set the Predators back.

People are going to say they never should have got away from their identity, but I personally applaud David Poile and the Predators for trying to go outside of their comfort zone to be more than a defensive team.

They were thinking that they were so defensive minded that they needed some game breakers and we are not going to win the ultimate prize if we don't get it.

They hadn't had playoff success in the past with their defence first approach, so they tried this, but it didn't work. 

Uncertain Future

Monday night was a devastating loss for the Predators in the present, but what about the future.

Ryan Suter is an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Shea Weber is a restricted free agent on July 1, and is a year away from restricted free agency.

This franchise may never look the same again. It was built on three pillars, Weber, Suter and Pekka Rinne.

Suter could be gone, and Weber may not be too far behind him.

There are lots of questions in Nashville now about this franchise.