The schedule for this summer’s NHL arbitration hearings is released, petition to block sale of Coyotes falls shorts, Hartnell wants to remain a Flyer, Holmstrom will only play with Red Wings, Panthers hope Mueller rediscovers his scoring touch, and Sabres uninterested in Hasek comeback.
TSN.CA: This summer’s NHL arbitration schedule has been released. The most notable include Edmonton’s Sam Gagner and St. Louis’ T.J. Oshie (July 20), Florida’s Kris Versteeg (July 23), and Colorado’s Jamie McGinn (July 25). Scratch Anaheim’s Nick Bonino, San Jose’s T.J. Galiardi and Dallas’ Richard Bachman, as they were re-signed yesterday by their respective clubs.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Another blow for opponents of the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to the Jamison group, as a petition to block the sale was submitted late (the deadline was July 9) and was nearly 300 signatures short of the required 1,862. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the removal of legal uncertainties can only help the sale process.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if a lawsuit will be filed by the petitioners to block the sale, but the failed petition, combined with the failure to block the lease agreement with Jamison, bodes well for his purchase of the team. How this effects contract talks with Shane Doan, however, remains to be seen.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Scott Hartnell’s contract with the Flyers expires at the end of this season, and he hopes to sign an extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible they could re-sign Hartnell before the start of this season, but it wouldn’t surprise me if management were to wait until the implementation of a new CBA.
THE DETROIT NEWS: Long time Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom intends to meet soon with GM Ken Holland to determine if he’ll return for another season. Holmstrom denied speculation he’d consider playing elsewhere, saying it’s the Red Wings or nowhere.
THE MIAMI HERALD: Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is hoping new Panthers forward Peter Mueller can finally put his health issues behind him and regain his scoring touch. Mueller has been hampered by concussions, including missing the entire 2010-11 season.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres GM Darcy Regier confirmed he’d been contacted by the agent of former Sabre star Dominik Hasek, who is interested in making an NHL comeback. Regier, however, intends to stick with his currently goalie tandem of Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt any NHL team will have serious interest in the 47-year-old Hasek, who last played in the NHL four years ago.