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Braeden Tuck had a goal and two assists to lead the Osoyoos Coyotes (11-4-0-0-1) past the Spokane Braves 6-4 in a KIJHL game at Eagles Ice-A-Rena in Spokane. Alec Johnson, Paxton Malone, Lance Noomen and Mason Jones had goals for Spokane (2-12-0-0-3).
Extended The Pittsburgh Steelers and coach Mike Tomlin have agreed to a contract extension Thursday that will keep him with the team through 2018. Tomlin is 82-46 with Pittsburgh since replacing Bill Cowher following the 2006 season. The Steelers have won one Super Bowl and appeared in another under Tomlin and are coming off an 11-5 mark and an AFC North title in 2014. Signed The Sacramento Kings have signed veteran forward Caron Butler. The deal is for two years and $3 million, with a player option in the second season. Butler averaged 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 20.8 minutes with Detroit last season.
A Phoenix judge granted a temporary restraining order Friday requested by the Arizona Coyotes to prevent the city of Glendale from dissolving its arena lease agreement with the team. The order does not address whether the city must make the next payment due to IceArizona, the Coyotes’ owner, for operating the arena. Coyotes officials say the restraining order is needed to stop the city’s “improper attempt” to void a 15-year agreement to play at the Gila River Arena. The Glendale City Council voted Wednesday to void the agreement, angering the team and fans and creating uncertainty about the team’s future. – AP
The Arizona Coyotes are used to having an uncertain future. Unlike the four years of waiting for a new owner to step forward, the team has gone on the offensive in the latest twist to this ongoing saga. The Coyotes on Thursday began mapping out their response to the Glendale City Council’s decision to dissolve an arena lease agreement. It will include a variety of legal maneuvers, but no immediate plans to relocate the team. The Coyotes signed a 15-year, $225 million lease agreement for then-Jobing.com Arena with the city of Glendale in 2013, just a few months after IceArizona bought the team from the NHL. – AP
GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Glendale City Council has voted to end an arena lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes, thrusting the franchise’s future further into doubt. The council voted 4-3 Wednesday to end a 15-year, $225 million lease agreement signed by Glendale and IceArizona shortly after the team was purchased from the NHL in 2013.
TAMPA, Fla. – Commissioner Gary Bettman sees few glaring problems with the NHL as the Stanley Cup Final gets underway in a model Sun Belt hockey market, and he is eager to soothe any worries about two of his league’s other warm-weather teams. Bettman insisted Wednesday night that the Arizona Coyotes and the Florida Panthers are in good shape, downplaying reports of financial troubles for the two struggling franchises.
Wolves killing livestock usually grabs people’s attentions, but coyotes have had a much wider impact. According to published reports, wolves killed 120 sheep in Montana in 2008.
NHL: These New York Islanders didn’t look much like the team that finished last year in last place. Which makes sense: So many of the contributors Friday night weren’t with them when last season ended.
A federal agency that kills nuisance wildlife is under attack from environmental groups, which say the agency’s use of poison and trapping in Idaho puts other animals at risk. Last year, Wildlife Services killed about 3,300 mammals in the state. Coyotes were the most frequent target.
NHL: Pekka Rinne made 29 saves to lead the host Nashville Predators to a 2-0 win over Phoenix on Thursday night, damaging the Coyotes’ playoff hopes. Craig Smith and Patric Hornqvist scored for Nashville, which has won four of its last five.
OUTBRED – Last week, the saga of wolf recovery in Washington took a strange tryst. News that a large domestic guard dog got loose and mated with a female gray wolf likely will force Fish and Wildlife officials to be even MORE cautious when estimating the wolf population.