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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Austin Seibert Jersey . - The Arizona Coyotes spent four years trying to avoid the distractions of not having an owner, focused on winning games while looking over their shoulders at what was going on off the ice.Some much-needed stability appeared to be in place last year, when IceArizona purchased the team from the NHL.But, as has been the case throughout this saga, another twist was in store, this one coming when IceArizona acknowledged it was in negotiations with a potential new investor.This turn was met with a shrug.Though details of the potential deal are foggy, even to the players and coaches on the team, its fairly clear that the team is not going anywhere anytime soon.Besides, the Coyotes have been through this many, many times before and are certainly used to it.When you first hear about it, its just What are the details about it? And once you look at it, it changes nothing for us, Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said Friday. This isnt staying or leaving. This is businessmen doing what they do, so this has zero effect on us.Even so, the latest news had to send a jolt through Coyotes fans in the desert.It came on Thursday, when the New York Post reported IceArizona was in the process of selling a majority stake in the Coyotes to Andrew Barroway, a Philadelphia hedge fund manager whos made unsuccessful attempts to buy the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders.Speculation swirled throughout the day until the Coyotes released a statement confirming that they are in discussions with an unsolicited potential investor. In the release, the Coyotes said no deal was in place and no members of the IceArizona group would give up ownership of the team, calling it a positive step for the future of the team.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly later said there should be no concerns about ownership of the Coyotes nor were there any plans for relocating the franchise.The news barely caused a ripple among the Coyotes players as they got ready for the teams final preseason game Friday night.Im pretty sure no ones too concerned in our room, Arizona captain Shane Doan said. This is a minor, minor, minor, minor thing compared to the previous five years. Its not a big deal.What the Coyotes went through before was a wild ride.It started in 2009, when owner Jerry Moyes took the team into bankruptcy in a failed attempt to sell it to Blackberry founder Jim Balsillie, who planned to move the franchise to Hamilton, Ontario. The NHL and city of Glendale fought the plan in court and the team was sold to the league later that year.Over the next four years, one potential owner stepped forward and fell back as rumours of relocating the franchise swirled.Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, managing partner of IceArizona, finally got a deal done last year.Even then it wasnt easy.RSE reached a purchase agreement with the NHL, but went through tense negotiations with the city of Glendale over a lease agreement for Arena. Amid speculation that the NHL would move the team to Seattle if the $225 million deal fell through, Glendales City Council approved it by a 4-3 vote and IceArizona later completed its purchase from the league.The members of IceArizona, headed by George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc, appeared to be pleased with the team in their first season and the team took another step toward stability by signing a nine-year partnership with Gila River Casinos that includes naming rights for the arena.But just when the foundation appeared to be stable, it wobbled at least a little bit with this latest news, even if it didnt shake the Coyotes.I kind of chuckled in the fact that we were going to get asked questions about ownership again, Doan said. Other than that, nothings really changed so its not anything Im really too worried about. Cheap Browns Jerseys Authentic . - UFC 178, previously announced for Sept. 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Well, both passed for more than 300 yards, and yet just one touchdown pass was thrown, and that by Collaros on the losing side.7) Will you applaud when an NFL team signs Ray Rice and says it believes in giving a second chance? Well, okay, but the NFL team that signs Ray Rice will do so because it believes it needs a running back.8) If it is inevitable that Connor McDavid will come to the NHL as "the next Wayne Gretzky", would it be good or not so good if he is drafted by the Edmonton Oilers? (Wayne Gretzky himself believes McDavid will handle the hype wherever he plays--Im not so sure Edmonton is the best place to do that. And by the way, the Oilers are in 30th place.)9) The event is the thing at the World Junior Hockey Championship, but shall we admit that the interest level will go up or down depending upon the health and performance level of McDavid?10) Does Team Canadas decision to award roster spots to goalies Zach Fucale and Eric Comrie while promoting plenty of competition at other positions make you scratch your head?11) I said here earlier that Tom Brady would clinch NFL MVP honours if he followed wins over Peyton Manning and Andrew Luck with a win over Aaron Rodgers. So the question is: Does the Green Bay quarterback enter the MVP discussion, if he wasnt already in it, and is he now the favourite?12) More MVP talk--is it inevitable that the NHLs Hart Trophy will be won by Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos?13) You do want to pause for a minute before declaring that a Toronto Blue Jays trade made by Alex Anthopoulos is a good one, dont you? Things have gone wrong with other moves by AA that appeared to be "cant miss" transactions. But pause all you want, how do you question the decision to trade Brett Lawrie and three prospects for Josh Donaldson?14) Okay, shall I attempt to answer the above? You question the TOR-OAK deal only if you think the As can sstraighten out Lawrie and he can rise a lot closer to Donaldsons level, and if you think Billy Beane is right when he says shortstop Franklin Barreto is one of baseballs best prospects. Joe Thomas Jersey. Where the Jays were concerned, Barreto would only have been one of their best prospects.15) Is there a winnable game on the horizon for the Philadelphia 76ers? On this seasons schedule, I mean.16) Never mind how it turns out, when the Boston Red Sox made a big splash in the free-agent pool by signing Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, werent baseball fans everywhere the beneficiaries? The Red Sox are supposed to be an attraction, and they really werent last season. As for the other team that isnt allowed to be boring, its your move, New York Yankees.17) How much will 2014 home run king Nelson Cruz help the Seattle Mariners? Well, he should certainly help Robinson Cano by hitting behind him in the batting order, but the Mariners, who came agonizingly close to a playoff spot last season, have to do more than add one bat every winter. Canos average was .314 last season. No other Mariner who appeared in 100 or more games was within 45 percentage points of the star second baseman.18) When San Jose Sharks owner Hasso Plattner said "After 10 years on the sunny side, we now find ourselves struggling to make the playoffs", do the rest of us understand that the playoffs are the sunny side, or do we agree that the playoffs are weather-neutral until they end, at which time the sun may not be shining? Like in San Jose.19) Should the NFL have disciplined five members of the St. Louis Rams for their "hands up, dont shoot" gesture? This is a tough one, because the NFL is hearing it from police in St. Louis and elsewhere for not acting, and would certainly have been criticized if it had issued fines. Trouble is, the NFL cant pick and choose based on the issue, dealing with the trivial and ducking the touchy. Except thats what it does, too often lately.20) Is there any reason to mention the New Jersey Devils signing of Scott Gomez? Well, no, not really, except to introduce this weeks musical offering, from the band called Gomez, and for that, we go back to 2006, when Scott Gomez was first with the Devils. Thats "How We Operate". 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