PHOENIX-Earlier this morning, a Russian sports publication, Sport-Express, posted an article that appears to have said that Phoenix Coyotes prospect Viktor Tikhonov had requested a trade from the Coyotes to another NHL Team.
A source told me this morning that Tikhonov just wants to play in the NHL but no requests for a trade have been made.
As we have stated in our previous article on the matter, Tikhonov’s priority right now is making the Coyotes opening day roster.
The Sport-Express article looks to be just one of those ‘lost in translation’ situations where a father just wants what’s best for his son as opposed to a trade demand.
The Coyotes got back to me via e-mail and it’s ‘not true’ that Tikhonov has requested a trade.
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"We have been working with Wayne very closely throughout this process," said Ice Edge CEO Daryl Jones. "If we are successful, and we expect to be, he will have a major role in the Coyotes."
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday that Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes signed over control of the franchise to the league in November 2008.
Daly said the contract included specific language that forbade Moyes from declaring bankruptcy.
Daly's remarks came after a bankruptcy hearing Thursday at U.S. Federal Court in downtown Phoenix, in which a hearing to decide who was in control of the Coyotes was postponed until May 19
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"We have a pretty strong record of being supportive of franchises where they are, fixing them and making them work."