Latest on Coyotes, Capitals and Avalanche – May 26, 2012.

The Coyotes face some tough off-season decisions, updates on Semin and Vokoun, and Avalanche open talks with a couple of their pending UFAs.


Re-signing Doan a priority for Coyotes.

ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Sarah McLellan reports the Phoenix Coyotes unsettled ownership situation could have an effect upon the club’s efforts to re-sign key free agents, which include pending UFAs Shane Doan, Ray Whitney, Daymond Langkow, Taylor Pyatt, Adrian Aucoin and Michal Rozsival. GM Don Maloney said re-signing Doan, the club’s captain, is his top priority.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the ownership situation isn’t resolved before July 1st, that could force some or all those pending UFAs to consider signing elsewhere, rather than risk staying with a club which could relocate to a city they don’t wish to go to. For more on this situation, check out my recent column on the Coyotes on

CSNWASHINGTON.COM/WASHINGTON TIMES: Chuck Gormley reports Capitals forward Alexander Semin hinted in a recent interview he  intends to wait for July 1st to determine if he’ll return with the Capitals or sign elsewhere. Semin, a pending UFA, also wouldn’t specify if he’d play in the NHL or KHL next season. Stephen Whyno reported Capitals pending UFA goalie Tomas Vokoun has ruled out playing in the KHL next season, saying he’s open to all NHL possibilities.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sounds like Semin will test his value on the UFA market and give the Capitals the opportunity to match or beat the best offer, but of course we don’t know if the Capitals management are willing to do that. Don’t blame Vokoun for wishing to stick in the NHL. Given the lack of quality talent in this year’s UFA market for top goalies, he could land himself a decent contract with another NHL team this summer.

DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports the Colorado Avalanche have opened contract talks with a couple of their pending UFA players, though it’s unknown which ones they’re talking to. “Those potential UFAs are: David Jones, Jay McClement, Cody McLeod, Shane O’Brien and Matt Hunwick”, writes Dater. The club also hasn’t opened contract talks yet with RFA Ryan O’Reilly, but Dater claims he’s not going anywhere.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dater believes the Avs are interested in re-signing McClement and O’Brien, but isn’t certain if Jones would be back. He’s right, of course, about O’Reilly.


  1. I’d rather read 100 more Kazri-for-every-superstar-in-the-league rumours before I read one more column inch about “Are the Coyotes staying or moving?”

    If they were going to move, it’d already be much further along the process. The NHL has the power to find a buyer who will keep them there, and will do so. Enough!

    • I like it!

  2. (btw, that was directed at the mainstream press, not you, Spec. I know you’re just re-reporting what they say. But they just won’t stop writing about it. Bah! [insert crotchedy old man grumpiness here])

  3. Duchene is also an RFA.

  4. Shane Doan has played most of his career in Phoenix, and would like to finish his career as a Coyote. If the Coyotes stay in Phoenix and Doan can play a few more years, if new ownership wants him to stay, then Doan should be a priority.

    The Coyotes have the talent to win now. With support from new ownership and more local support, the Coyotes will be an exciting team on the ice for several years.

    • Hmm. I like the effort they put in every night. Are they talented? I mean on the blue line they look good. Beyond that… Nit so much.

      But I get your point.