Roenick: Ownership buzz overblown

Feb. 10, 2012

Nearly 12 years after he left Phoenix via free agency, former Coyote

Jeremy Roenick still captures the Valley’s attention whenever he speaks.

On

the eve of his induction into the team’s Ring of Honor on Saturday when

the Coyotes host the Blackhawks, Roenick created waves when he told a

pair of Valley media outlets that he is part of a group interested in

buying the Coyotes.

“I have been involved with a group that is

trying to get into the game. I do have people in New York, friends of

mine, that are ready and willing,” he told Valley radio station The Fan

AM 1060. “We’ll see what happens. But the team is very, very

interesting. If you can somehow get a hold of the building along with

the team, then it becomes a different scenario.”

The thought of

the most popular player in franchise history player being involved in

efforts to keep the team here set the Valley abuzz, even if Roenick

would only be a very minor financial player in the sale.

But Roenick put the brakes on any further discussion when I reached him Friday afternoon.

“I

think everyone is blowing this way out of proportion,” he said,

declining to provide specifics about the aforementioned group. “I have a

group that wants to look at it.”

That is all. Nothing further has happened. Sorry, Coyotes fans. It’s back to the waiting game.

— Craig Morgan