The updated (and rapidly shrinking) NHL salary arbitration list, Karl Alzner’s reaction to his Olympic orientation camp invitation, the latest on Gilbert Brule, and more.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Jason Brough has an updated list of players still slated for salary arbitration. Of 21 players who filed for arbitration, all but
five four have avoided the process by re-signing with their respective clubs. Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler and Zach Bogosian, the NY Rangers’ Mats Zuccarello, and Toronto’s Matt Fraser are the only players remaining on the list.
PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE: Robert Bortuzzo was also on the list, but has since inked a two-year, $1.2 million contract extension with the Penguins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of the four still slated for arbitration hearings, Wheeler and Bogosian are the most notable. Both are key players for the Jets, and their new contracts (be they arbiter-awarded or negotiated with management) could push the Jets payroll over $60 million for 2013-14.
METRO NEWS: Washington Capitals defenseman (and Burnaby, BC native ) Karl Alzner initially believed he’d been traded when St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong called the blueliner to inform him of his invitation to Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp. Armstrong is part of Team Canada’s management group. Alzner called the invitation a “pinch-me” moment.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Being invited to the orientation camp is not a guarantee of securing a berth on the Olympic roster, but it certainly doesn’t hurt Alzner’s chances. Even to be deemed worthy of an invite is an honour.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: New Stars assistant coach James Patrick is excited about his new club’s possibilities heading into this season.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: Despite the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy, Michigan’s state board approved construction of a new arena in the city’s downtown.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirms the league’s interest in expanding or relocating into the Pacific Northwest, possibly to Seattle or Portland.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Had a new arena deal not been reached to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona, it was speculated they would’ve been relocated to one of those two cities this summer. If the Coyotes end up for sale again in five years time (the new ownership has an “out-clause” if losses exceed a set amount), they could end up in the Pacific Northwest after all.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Gilbert Brule will attend Phoenix Coyotes training camp in September, presumably on a tryout basis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Brule played 33 games for the Coyotes in 2011-12. He spent last season in Switzerland. This could be his last chance to resurrect his NHL career.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks have signed forward Brad Winchester to a one-year contract.