Ex-Sharks CEO Jamison seeks to buy Coyotes

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Ex-Sharks CEO Jamison seeks to buy Coyotes

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It didn't take long for former Sharks CEO Greg Jamison to lace up his skates.

Jamison, who stepped down as CEO and president in San Jose last year, is one of two bidders competing to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes, according to a report in the Phoenix Business Journal.

The story, published Thursday, reported the following:

"Jamison is expected to work out a sales agreement with the National Hockey League, which owns the Coyotes, next week. That includes putting down earnest money giving his group exclusive negotiating rights with the league and city of Glendale, which owns Jobing.com Arena. A finalized deal requires approval by the NHL, a lease deal between the ownership group and Glendale and any necessary financing involved in the transaction."

According to a story published Friday on AZCentral.com, the Web site associated with the Arizona Republic newspaper, a spokesperson for the city of Glendale, where the Coyotes' arena is located, confirmed Jamison is one of two parties attempting to purchase the NHL franchise.

"As indicated in June, the City of Glendale has identified two qualified buyers for the Coyotes team and is looking forward to finalizing documents with qualified buyers," spokeswoman Julie Frisoni said in a Friday statement. "No bonds will be sold by the city as part of these proposed concepts."

Jamison was president and CEO of the Sharks and parent company, Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment, from 1996 until September 2010.

The Coyotes have been owned by the NHL since the team filed for bankruptcy in the fall of 2009. The city of Glendale paid 25 million for the second straight year so the team could continue playing at Jobing.com Arena for the 2011-12 season.

Chicago businessman Michael Hulsizer withdrew from talks to buy the team in June.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lynch: Armstead, Buckner fit 49ers' new defensive scheme

Lynch: Armstead, Buckner fit 49ers' new defensive scheme

Trent Baalke’s final two seasons as 49ers general manager brought defensive linemen to the organization with the club’s top draft picks.

And, for that, new 49ers general manager John Lynch said he is grateful.

Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner may have been chosen when the 49ers’ base defensive alignment was a 3-4, but Lynch said the two Oregon products are versatile enough to thrive in the new system defensive coordinator Robert Saleh will install.

“I think they fit very well,” Lynch said Tuesday on 95.7 The Game. “And that’s one thing I think I want to make sure (to say) because I really believe it, I think Trent Baalke did a great job of getting guys that, yes, they were picked for one system, but I think they transition very well to our system.”

Buckner appeared in 15 games as a rookie after Baalke selected him with the No. 7 overall pick. He ranked second in the NFL among defensive tackles with 73 tackles and was fourth among rookies with six sacks. Buckner was chosen to the All-Rookie team by the Pro Football Writers of America.

Armstead, selected with the 17th overall pick in 2015, recorded 2.5 sacks in eight games last season. He sustained a shoulder injury during training camp and finally underwent season-ending surgery in November.

Buckner and Armstead may be asked to play different positions but they will also be taught to play a different styles this season, Lynch promised.

“They were very much in a read-and-react posture last year,” Lynch said. “I’m excited to cut them loose. When we say ‘aggressive,’ it doesn’t mean that we’re blitzing every play. It means we’re getting off the ball. At the snap, we’re taking the fight to them. And I think these are guys who fit what we’re going to do very well. We’re excited about it.”

The 49ers last week hired defensive line coach Jeff Zgonina, who played 17 seasons in the league. Zgonina served the past four seasons as an assistant defensive line coach with Houston (2013-15) and the New York Giants (2016).

“They’re going to be coached hard,” Lynch said of the 49ers’ defensive linemen. “They’re going to be asked to sprint to the football, wherever it is. That doesn’t just come natural. Those are habits that you have to pick up.”

Every defensive player currently on the 49ers’ roster was brought to the organization to play in a 3-4 defense. Lynch downplayed the practical importance of the team’s defensive label because of extra defensive backs being deployed against three-receiver personnel groupings.

“Seventy- to 75-percent of this game now is played in sub or nickel,” Lynch said. “At that point, that’s kind of out the door. It’s can you stop the run and, then, can you go get the guy throwing the football and bring him down? We think both of those guys have great potential to do that.”

Cousins gets emotional during goodbye, Steph Curry shows support

Cousins gets emotional during goodbye, Steph Curry shows support

On Sunday night, DeMarcus Cousins was traded to New Orleans.

On Monday night, people in Sacramento held a "going-away-party" for the All-Star big man.

As Cousins addressed those in attendance, he got emotional:

"My love for this city will never change," Cousins started before getting choked up.

"I love this city ... even though I'm gone it will still be the same. Still looking out for these kids. Every family in this city matters to me ... everything's the same. I'm just not in a Kings uniform anymore...

"Thank you."

Soon after the video was posted to Twitter, Steph Curry issued a tweet of his own:

Curry and the Warriors host Cousins and the Pelicans on April 8.

The Kings play in New Orleans on March 31. Sacramento does not welcome the Pelicans again this season.