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Roenick trying to get involved in Coyotes bid

Posted on: February 10, 2012 11:01 am
Edited on: February 10, 2012 2:44 pm
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Roenick played six seasons in Arizona, some in this awesome old Picasso jersey. (Getty Images)

By Brian Stubits

Phoenix, you might have your knight in shining armor to save the damsel in distress that is your Coyotes franchise.

As long of a shot as it might sound initially, Jeremy Roenick is considering getting involved in the action to buy the NHL-owned team, one he played on for six seasons spread over two stints. That's what he told Roc and Manuch on Phoenix's 1060 AM The Fan.

"I have been involved with a group that is trying to get into the game," Roenick said when asked why he wasn't involved. "I do have people in New York that are friends of mine that are ready and willing to wait and see. But everything moves at a snail's pace. I have been involved in the background.

"I do have people that are willing to look at it and have to go behind it. But getting involved with the National Hockey League ... you know it's kind of a boy's club. We'll see what happens.

"The team is very, very interesting. If you can somehow find to get ahold of the building with the team then it becomes a different scenario."

The NHL has said that there are two interested buyers with a third suitor lurking too. The first two suitors are believed to be former Sharks CEO Greg Jamison and Chicago businessman Jerry Reinsdorf but neither have been able to gain much traction.

Is J.R.'s involvement tied in with one of those bidders? There is this nugget from the Arizona Republic's Lisa Halverstadt.

Retired center Jeremy "J.R." Roenick said he was approached weeks ago by ex-San Jose Sharks Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison, who has expressed interest in the team. Roenick has since asked business associates if they would also be interested.

Now that doesn't mean that Roenick has hitched his wagon onto Jamison's train. It could also mean that he was piqued and then sought his own investors, making Roenick the rumored third suitor. That would seem to be the case after Roc from Roc & Manuch reported that he received confirmation that Roenick isn't in Jamison's group.

One thing is for sure, they better get moving a little faster than a snail's pace. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of time left to get a resolution worked out in Phoenix.

How great would it be for the fans in the desert? Most importantly they would get to keep their team where they are but it would also be kind of cool to be rescued by a former player. He could pull a Mario Lemieux and save the franchise.

UPDATE: Before you get too excited, Roenick tried to dampen the enthusiasm on Friday. "Everyone is blowing this way out of proportion. I have a group that wants to look at it."

H/t to Mike Grose

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Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:46 pm
 

Roenick trying to get involved in Coyotes bid

Winning puts people in the seats! This is true for basketball, baseball, and hockey. Football only has 8 home games so every city should be able to sell out games.


There are alot of hockey fans in the valley of the sun, but most are fans of Chicago, Detroit, NY Rangers, Bruins, Flyers. The team needs to stay in Phoenix.


Winnipeg, Hamilton, Quebec are all good for hockey but that's because it isn't 75 degrees in the winter and 110 in the summer like AZ. Phoenix has all 4 major sports and alot to do year round. If it only had a hockey team it would sell out every game.


Keep the Coyotes in Phoenix.


You gotta spend money to make money.


Reinsdorf or Jamison need to buy the team, or better yet how about Mark Cuban. He likes to spend a few dollars on his players.


Quebec had a team, moved to Denver!

Winnipeg had a team, moved to Phoenix!

Have the Islanders or Hurricanes move to Hamilton!      
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Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Roenick trying to get involved in Coyotes bid

...ready and willing to wait and see...
How does anyone read that to mean that Roenick has any kind of potential suitors?  I think anyone looking at this team is simply keeping their name in front of the NHL for the day when the eague announces the Phoenix experiment has ended and the team is moving to...fill in the blank.  Once the NHL has resigned to the fact that the team is leaving Phoenix, these owners will swoop in and offer to be the owner if that someplace else seems viable.



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:56 pm
 

Roenick trying to get involved in Coyotes bid

Not a chance he is going to put any money into this. He is nothing but a media whore, who never saw a camera or microphone he didn't like. He saw an opportunity to get his name and face in the news and umped on it. He was nothing but a one way (offensive) player who could always be seen gliding behind the play when the opposition was on the offensive attack. Back cheking never made headlines so he wasn't interested.



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Roenick trying to get involved in Coyotes bid

I'm confused how this could even remotely be considered exciting news.  Yes, it would be better if the NHL actually found an owner for the Coyotes after 3 years of uncertainty.  But as long as fans stay home in droves, who cares if there's an owner to absorb the debt?  Exciting would be news that the team is moving to a viable market.  Roenick's presence on the investment board is extremely unlikely to help.

The comparison of the Coyotes with the Penguins isn't valid.  In that case, the fans simply weren't interested.  In Phoenix/Glendale, they simply don't exist.


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