On Thursday, Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic published a story online using the headline “Labor deal has Phoenix Coyotes in limbo.” The headline and subsequent story has been picked up by other news outlets two different ways. Some have interpreted the story to mean that the Shane Doan signing may be delayed. Others have interpreted that the CBA is slowing or stalling the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Greg Jamison.
No where in the article does it say that the ownership deal has been stalled by the CBA process despite the several stories written to the contrary citing McLellan’s article. The only mention of ownership comes from a Don Maloney quote, “We’re still waiting on our ownership situation to be resolved. It’s still trending positively. We’re still very optimistic about it. Once that happens, hopefully we can re-sign Shane to a deal that works for both of us.” So is the CBA really holding up the Coyotes sale? Or, has the story become something it was never intended to be? It sees that the latter is the case. When asked if the CBA negotiations are affecting the sale of the Coyotes, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said: not at all.