GLENDALE, Ariz. One hour before the Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators dropped the puck in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series, a potential distraction was taking form mere yards from the Coyotes dressing room.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, prospective buyer Greg Jamison, Glendale city officials and the largest media contingent in Jobing.com Arenas hockey history were on hand for what Bettman called an update on the 3-year-old ownership saga.
The timing was bizarre, given the magnitude of Mondays game and the potential for a shift in focus. But in the wake of his teams 2-1, series-clinching win, coach Dave Tippett shrugged off Bettmans press conference like his club has shrugged off every other diversion this season.
It probably would have been a real major distraction if it was about going somewhere else, Tippett said, laughing. But our guys were very focused this morning on what we had to do. There were lots of rumors flying around earlier today and to a ...