The Phoenix Coyotes made hockey in the desert cool again with their first run to the Western Conference finals last season. Landing a potential owner added to the momentum.
Then everything came to a complete halt with the NHL lockout.
Now that the lockout is over, the Coyotes are hoping to rekindle the interest they had worked so hard to gain in what was the most successful season in franchise history.
A good start to the shortened season could certainly help and the Coyotes appear to be in good position to do just that.
Phoenix kept most of its core from last year's team and most of its players spent the lockout playing hockey, either overseas or at well-attended informal workouts at the Ice Den in Scottsdale.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sources report it was a one-hour meeting last Saturday attended by only Bettman, NHL attorney Bob Batterman and the Coyotes’ universally respected Shane Doan that broke the logjam over the critical issue regarding the 2013-14 cap number.
Doan, who left money on the table as a free agent this summer to remain in Phoenix, explained that...