NHL: Coyotes await voted on deal
July 03, 2013 10:40 AM

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes’ four-year bid for stability will finally come to a close soon.

At tonight’s Glendale City Council meeting, the Coyotes will find out if the city will approve an arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, which has an agreement in place to buy the franchise from the NHL.

Should the council approve the 15-year, $225 million deal for Jobing.com Arena, the path will be cleared for the Coyotes to stay in Arizona.

Thomas could return to NHL

UNDATED (AP) — Goalie Tim Thomas is open to resuming his career after taking a season off, his agent said.

Bill Zito confirmed Monday night that Thomas asked him to explore what teams might be interested in the two-time Vezina Trophy winner once the NHL’s free agency period opens Friday. Zito stressed Thomas is simply assessing his options before determining whether he’ll return to play.

• NEW YORK (AP) — An Islanders team official confirmed the team will buy out the remaining eight years of oft-injured goalie Rick DiPietro’s contract. The 31-year-old DiPietro, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 draft, will be placed on waivers today before the compliance buyout can be used, the Islanders official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

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