Saturday Offseason Caterwaul: Florida Panthers Open Forum

Coyotes trying to stay, deadline day on Kotkaniemi

The Arizona Coyotes have submitted a bid for two parcels of a 46-acre tract of land at Rio Salado Parkway and Priest Drive in what could be the first step to landing a new home, allowing the beleaguered franchise to permanently stay in the Phoenix metro area. The City of Tempe confirmed that the Desert Dogs’ bid was the only one that they received. The next step is for the city to review the proposal. A best case scenario would see Tempe could approve the proposal by the end of the year.

Arizona has played at Gila River Arena in Glendale since moving from America West Arena in downtown Phoenix in 2003. Glendale announced last week that it will not renew its agreement with the team beyond the this season.

Atlantic Division news

The deadline for the Montreal Canadiens to match the Carolina Hurricanes one-year, $ 6.1 million offer sheet to center Jesperi Kotkaniemi is today. Will the cash-strapped Habs move on and take the picks ( a first and third in 2022) or will they retain the player they took third overall in the 2018 draft?

A few of our Atlantic Division rivals made some moves over the last couple days. Let’s take a look...

The Ottawa Senators have come to terms with re-signed restricted free-agent forward Drake Batherson on a six-year, $29.85-million contract. Batherson, 23, tied for second in goals and ranked fourth in scoring on the Senators last season with 17 goals and 34 points in 56 games. (Silver Seven Sens)

The Buffalo Sabres inked restricted free agent forward Casy Mittelstadt to a three-year contract worth $7.5 million. Mittelstadt, 22, had the most productive season of his NHL career in 2020-21, putting up 22 points in 41 games for the struggling club. (Die By The Blade)

Buffalo also re-upped defenseman Henri Jokiharju to a three-year contract worth $7.5 million. The 22-year-old produced eight points (3G/5A) for the Sabres last season. (Die By The Blade)

The Detroit Red Wings re-signed defenseman Filip Hronek to a three-year contract worth $13.2 million. Hronek, 23, was far and away Detroit’s leading minute-muncher for blueliners and led the team in scoring with 26 points. (Winging It In Motown).

Detroit also came to terms with unrestricted free-agent forward Cater Rowney, inking the 32-year-old veteran to a one-year deal worth $825K. Rowney appeared in 19 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season, contributing six assists. (The Detroit Red Wings)

Underground poll o’ the day

It’s decision day. Will the Canadiens match the offer sheet on Jesperi Kotkaniemi?

Yes, they will match4
No, they will take the picks42