Coyotes prospective owner $20 million short, the top 30 remaining UFAs, wondering if the Blackhawks should re-sign Nick Leddy long-term, and more.
PHOENIX BUSINESS JOURNAL: Greg Jamison is reportedly $20 million short in his bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes, forcing him to court new investors. His camp wouldn’t confirm the status of his bid, but remain confident a deal can be done. Jamison also met with Coyotes UFA captain Shane Doan on Friday but details of the meeting aren’t available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As is well known, Doan wants assurances the sale of the team to Jamison will go through as his preference is to finish his career in Phoenix. If he continues fielding offers from rival clubs, that will be interpreted as lacking confidence the sale to the Jamison group will go through.
NHL.COM: John Kreiser lists the top 30 players still available in the UFA market. Pickings remain slim, with Doan the clear standout. Other notables include Jason Arnott, Kristian Huselius, Carlo Colaiacovo, Pavel Kubina, and Mike Knuble.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Should the Blackhawks re-sign defenseman Nick Leddy to a long-term contract?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leddy had a terrific sophomore season with the Blackhawks, but I’d give him another season (he’s entering the final year of his entry level deal) before re-signing him to a new deal, as I’d want to ensure he’s capable of improving (barring injury) on last season’s performance before investing in him long-term.
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS: The Kings are nearly sold out of season tickets for this upcoming season, having sold nearly 15,000.
THE TENNESSEAN: Individual game tickets for Nashville Predators games go on sale August 4th.