Back in early May, Coyotes president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said he’d be “shocked if we get to the draft on June 24 without a significant announcement in regards to the new arena.” Well, today is June 24, and yesterday the Coyotes made an announcement about their new arena. Sort of. Per Arizona Sports, the Coyotes have apparently picked a site to build the rink, but they were still “working through the legal documentation of the real estate agreement.” LeBlanc declined to provide any other details, or name the site, but the previously reported potential sites include one at the intersection of the 101 and 202 freeways just north of Tempe Marketplace, one on the campus of Arizona State University
Since both are under contract to the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning respectively, the NHL is expected to let Benning and the Vancouver Canucks know what they’re going to lose for this chatter – a load of cash at a minimum, draft picks if the damage was seen to be severe. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday that there have been multiple complaints from teams after Benning told TSN 1040 that on Thursday that he had called the Canadiens to work on a trade for Subban and that he intended to call Stamkos after the NHL Draft.