Predators working to re-sign Weber, NHL moving ahead with Coyotes sale, Roy undergoes shoulder surgery, notable NHL stars attending Lokomotiv exhibition game, and more.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators GM David Poile has been in talks with Shea Weber’s agent regarding a contract extension. Poile recently spoke with Weber’s agent, describing the conversation as a good one, adding recent talks with Weber have been constructive.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rival GMs will be watching the Weber talks closely, because if it appears he’s unwilling to commit to a long-term extension, the expectation is the Predators could shop him, which will trigger a bidding war for his services.
PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL: The NHL is moving ahead with its plans to sell the Phoenix Coyotes to a group led by Greg Jamison. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said there was no timetable for finalization of the sale. The city of Glendale, meanwhile, has reportedly rejected a bid to have an arena lease agreement with the Jamison group, (believed necessary for the sale of the team to go through) placed on the November ballot as a referendum.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could also have an effect upon the status of Coyotes UFA Shane Doan, who would prefer to re-sign, but is leery of doing so because of the club’s uncertain future in Glendale.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Notable NHL stars Evgeni Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk, Zdeno Chara, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sergei Gonchar, Ilya Bryzgalov and Alexander Semin will participate in an exhibition game next month to remember the victims of last year’s Lokomotiv plane crash.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: New Stars center Derek Roy underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday and is expected to be sidelined until late-November. Roy was medically cleared prior to his trade from Buffalo to Dallas, but a recent medical revealed his shoulder injury, which has plagued him since pre-season last year, and which he had intended to play through this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could account for the drop-off in his performance last season.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville defended goalie Corey Crawford, chalking up his struggles last season to a sophomore slump. The Blackhawks have been in the rumor mill lately, owing to their interest in Martin Brodeur and their supposed interest in Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s thought the Blackhawks were interested in Brodeur as a short-term tutor for Crawford. As for Luongo, I still have my doubts there’s serious interest between either side.
RDS.CA’s Renaud Lavoie last night reported the Florida Panthers had signed former Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Mueller to a one-year, $1.725 million contract.
SPORTING NEWS: Mike Modano, Lou Lamoriello and Ed Olczyk will be inducted this year into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.