NHL progressing in Arizona Coyotes investigation

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The NHL is progressing in its investigation of the Arizona Coyotes over pre-draft fitness testing allegations and a ruling could come before Monday’s second phase of the draft lottery if necessary, TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports.

The Coyotes lead the Nashville Predators 2-1 in their best-of-five qualifying round series. Whoever loses the series will have a 12.5 per cent chance of winning the first-overall selection on Monday.

About progressing
Progress is the movement towards a refined, improved, or otherwise desired state. In the context of progressivism, it refers to the proposition that advancements in technology, science, and social organization have resulted, and by extension will continue to result, in an improved human condition; the latter may happen as a result of direct human action, as in social enterprise or through activism, or as a natural part of sociocultural evolution.
The concept of progress was introduced in the early 19th-century social theories, especially social evolution as described by Auguste Comte and Herbert Spencer. It was present in the Enlightenment’s philosophies of history. As a goal, social progress has been advocated by varying realms of political ideologies with different theories on how it is to be achieved.

NHL progressing in Arizona Coyotes investigation

About Arizona
Arizona ( (listen); Navajo: Hoozdo Hahoodzo Navajo pronunciation: [xòːztò xɑ̀xòːtsò]; O’odham: Alĭ ṣonak Uto-Aztecan pronunciation: [ˡaɺi ˡʂonak]) is a state in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the Western and the Mountain states. It is the 6th largest and the 14th most populous of the 50 states. Its capital and largest city is Phoenix. Arizona shares the Four Corners region with Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico; its other neighboring states are Nevada and California to the west and the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California to the south and southwest.
Arizona is the 48th state and last of the contiguous states to be admitted to the Union, achieving statehood on February 14, 1912. Historically part of the territory of Alta California in New Spain, it became part of independent Mexico in 1821. After being defeated in the Mexican–American War, Mexico ceded much of this territory to the United States in 1848. The southernmost portion of the state was acquired in 1853 through the Gadsden Purchase.
Southern Arizona is known for its desert climate, with very hot summers and mild winters. Northern Arizona features forests of pine, Douglas fir, and spruce trees; the Colorado Plateau; mountain ranges (such as the San Francisco Mountains); as well as large, deep canyons, with much more moderate summer temperatures and significant winter snowfalls. There are ski resorts in the areas of Flagstaff, Alpine, and Tucson. In addition to the internationally known Grand Canyon National Park, which is one of the world’s seven natural wonders, there are several national forests, national parks, and national monuments.
About one-quarter of the state is made up of Indian reservations that serve as the home of 27 federally recognized Native American tribes, including the Navajo Nation, the largest in the state and the United States, with more than 300,000 citizens. Although federal law gave all Native Americans the right to vote in 1924, Arizona excluded those living on reservations in the state from voting until the state Supreme Court ruled in favor of Native American plaintiffs in Trujillo v. Garley (1948).

Dreger first reported in January that the NHL was investigating the Coyotes for alleged recruiting violations regarding draft-eligible players. He added in February that it was believed there were at least 20 incidents of the Coyotes fitness testing draft-eligible players, noting that each violation could carry a fine of $250,000 or more.

“We are aware of the reports,” the Coyotes said in a January statement. “We have discussed the matter with the NHL and we will have no further comment at this time.”

NHL progressing in Arizona Coyotes investigation

The Coyotes traded their first-round pick to the New Jersey Devils to acquire Taylor Hall during the season, but the selection is lottery protected in the event it falls in the top three.

John Chayka, who spent the past four seasons as general manager of the Coyotes, terminated his contract last month. Steve Sullivan is currently serving as interim general manager of the team.