Rumors the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes could be imminent, comments on the possibility of another NHL lockout, and the importance of character players in the dressing room.

FIVE FOR HOWLING: Carl Pavlock cited a Phoenix Coyotes management source claiming the sale of the club to prospective buyer  Greg Jamison is “done”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far there’s been no confirmation (as of this writing) from the Coyotes, the Jamison camp, or the Phoenix/Glendale media. That being said, “Five For Howling” is a respectable Coyotes blog, so I wouldn’t fully dismiss the accuracy of their sources. If this report is accurate, it would be a major scoop for the blog.

Bettman’s the fans’ whipping boy, but their venom may be misdirected.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert explains why the NHL team owners are loving the fact the fans anger at a possible lockout is aimed at commissioner Gary Bettman, rather than at themselves.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bettman has rhino hide; angry comments from fans have no effect. He’s the front man for the owners, and is well accustomed to abuse from fans.  To do his job, you have to have a “don’t give a shit” attitude about criticism. I can’t help but admire that.

THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz does his best to lock out the hyperbole surrounding Bettman’s recent pronouncement the league has no intention of continuing under the current CBA if a new one isn’t in place by September 15th.

BATTLE OF CALIFORNIA: Earl Sleek apologizes for his role in bringing about another potential NHL lockout. Bad NHL fan! Bad! How dare you love this league so much!! No hockey for you!!!

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne explains why character guys are important in the dressing room.