NHL CBA negotiations to resume today, sale of Coyotes ongoing, why Mike Green won’t reach 70 points again, Red Wings hope to avoid arbitration with Kyle Quincey, Predators Jonathan Blum shaping up, Devils and Blackhawks hire new assistant coaches.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: The NHL and NHLPA are schedule to begin their latest round of CBA negotiations today at the league offices in New York. The PA is expected this week to issue a counter-proposal to the league’s initial offer, which was released last Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see what the PA counters with, though like the league’s offer, it’ll likely be considered a “starting point” in the ongoing talks.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes president Mike Nealy remains hopeful the sale of the club to Greg Jamison will be completed before the puck drops on a new season. Due to the Coyotes march to the 2012 Western Conference Final, season ticket renewals and sales are at an all-time high. There’s no timetable for the finalization of the sale to the Jamison group.
WASHINGTON POST: Neil Greenberg with statistical analysis on why Capitals defenseman Mike Green, who is optimistic of regaining his 70-point form, probably won’t reach those numbers again.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland claims he’s close to a new contract for defenseman Kyle Quincey, and hopes to have him re-signed before Quincey’s arbitration hearing on July 25.
THE TENNESSEAN: Nashville Predators defenseman Jonathan Blum is hoping improved fitness will ensure him a permanent spot on the lineup this season.
NJ.COM: The New Jersey Devils yesterday announced the hirings of Scott Stevens and Matt Shaw as their new assistant coaches.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks have hired former LA Kings assistant coach Jamie Kompon as their new assistant coach.