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Former Red Wings defenseman Patrik Nemeth doesn't know what the future holds for the Arizona Coyotes without a deal for a new arena.

Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Patrik Nemeth admits to being somewhat flabbergasted by the goings on with his current NHL club, the Arizona Coyotes.

“I have no idea what will happen now,” Nemeth told Swedish website Expressen.se.

The people of Tempe voted to reject a proposal to build a new arena there, effectively leaving the Coyotes homeless. They played this season at tiny Mullett Arena, home of the NCAA Arizona State Sun Devils, as a stop gap until a new home could be found.

“It’s sad,” Nemeth said. “I think it would have been good for Phoenix, the NHL and Arizona to have the arena built. Now it is as it is. It was a vote and they didn’t want it.”

As for his immediate future, Nemeth has one season left on his contract with the Coyotes. As to the future of the franchise, that’s up in the air.

“I have no idea,” Nemeth said. “It could be anything. Those are ownership issues and things that are decided by the NHL and (commissioner) Gary Bettman.”

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Red Wings Offseason

It was a rough weekend for Red Wings prospects along the playoff trail. Draft pick Owen Mehlenbacher and the Fargo Force were swept by the Youngstown Phantoms on the USHL Clark Cup final. Sebastian Cossa and the Toledo Walleye suffered back-to-back 3-0 losses to the Idaho Steelheads in the ECHL confence finals.

And despite a goal and an assist from Alexandre Doucet, the Halifax Mooseheads dropped a 5-4 decision to the Quebec Remparts to fall 4-2 in the QMJHL final. However, Doucet was earning the game’s first star. He wound up leading all playoff scorers with 14 goals and 31 points.

Hockey Now Network

Vegas: Chandler Stephenson’s overtime winner gave the Vegas Golden Knights a 2-0 lead over the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference final.

Florida: Coming home with a 2-0 lead over the Carolina Hurricanes, the Florida Panthers are in control of the Eastern Conference final.

Philadelphia: Cutter Gauthier, the top pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2022 NHL entry draft, has been nothing short of outstanding for Team USA at the world tourney.

Chicago: Former Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville will be meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at season’s end. Could he be gaining clearance to return to an NHL bench?

Boston: Been watching the Boston Celtics unravel against the Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs? It’s reminiscent of the way the Florida Panthers were winding up the Boston Bruins.

Montreal: Is there a possibility that some NHL team might offer sheet Montreal Canadiens RFA Cole Caufield?

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Buffalo: Jason Karmanos is assistant GM of the Buffalo Sabres. He’s also getting a second interview for the vacant Pittsburgh Penguins GM position.

Pittsburgh: A familiar was back in town as Jaromir Jagr was visiting with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Colorado: Patrick Roy was leading the Quebec Remparts to the QMJHL title. Is the former Colorado Avalanche star and coach going to be on his way back to the NHL?

Calgary: Craig Conroy is the right call. He’ll be the one leading the Calgary Flames into the future as the club’s new GM.

San Jose: Should the San Jose Sharks leave top prospect Thomas Bordeleau at center?

Los Angeles: Is the writing on the wall as far as Viktor Arvidsson’s future with the Los Angeles Kings?