NHL Notes: Roenick joins bid to buy Coyotes
|Jeremy Roenick signs an autograph for Jonathan Petsche, 8, during the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair at the Ottawa Convention Centre Jan. 28, 2012. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)
One of the potential bidders for the Phoenix Coyotes has a brash new linemate -- Jeremy Roenick.
Roenick, who spent six of his 20 NHL seasons in Phoenix, has joined Greg Jamison in kicking the Coyotes' tires.
Roenick told the Arizona Republic he was approached weeks ago by Jamison, a former chief executive officer of the San Jose Sharks. The outspoken former star forward has since approached business associates about joining the group.
Roenick, who lives in the Phoenix area, said he could not place a time frame on a potential deal.
Should the sale be consummated, he would follow in the footsteps of another former NHL star, Mario Lemieux, in taking over a financially struggling team. Lemieux took an ownership stake in the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1999 when the team seemed on the verge of crumbling.
The NHL has said there are as many as three groups interested in buying the Coyotes and keeping them in the desert.
Meanwhile, Roenick's No. 97 will be inducted Saturday in the Coyotes Ring of Honour.
NOLAN'S SON GETS CHANCE
The Los Angeles Kings placed forward Jarret Stoll on injured reserve Friday and called up Jordan Nolan, the son of former NHL coach Ted Nolan.
Stoll suffered a lower-body injury Thursday night in a loss to the Florida Panthers. He has just five goals and 10 assists in 55 games, coming off a 20-goal season in 2010-11.
Nolan, 22, has nine goals and 13 assists with Manchester of the AHL. He has not played in an NHL game.
The Kings also demoted rookie defenceman Slava Voynov and recalled forward Dwight King.
Voynov, 22, has 11 points in 26 games.
PENS' STAAL SET TO RETURN
The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated forward Jordan Staal from injured reserve and expect him to play Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets.
"It was just great to get in a couple of practices with the rest of the team (the past two days), just to get back a little timing, and things are looking up," Staal said after practice Friday.
"Everything feels good."
The 23-year-old has been out of the lineup since Jan. 6 as a result of a knee-to-knee hit from New York Rangers forward Mike Rupp.
During practice Thursday, Staal was clipped in the mouth by a stick and needed several stitches.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW ...
New York Rangers coach John Tortorella wants the NHL to borrow an idea from the NFL and review plays in the final minute of a game.
Tortorella implied that the Rangers were "wronged" Tuesday night when a goaltender interference call cost New York a chance to tie the game against the New Jersey Devils with four seconds left.
Tortorella wants league officials in Toronto to have the authority to review any borderline call late in the game.
"I'm not questioning the call, but it brings up a discussion and I think the NFL gets it right," Tortorella said, according to ESPNNewYork.com.
"In the last two minutes, it's a booth replay to get the call right. I haven't thought it all through. But maybe the last minute of an NHL hockey game ... get that call right. Maybe you do have to go upstairs and make sure it's the right call."
Teemu Selanne said Friday he is avoiding any talk that he could be traded at the deadline to the Detroit Red Wings. He said he is focusing on helping the Anaheim Ducks rally for a playoff spot ... The Columbus Blue Jackets placed defencemen Brett Lebda (undisclosed injury) and Marc Methot (broken jaw) on injured reserve Friday. Goalie Curtis Sanford (upper body) is listed as day to day. The Jackets recalled defenceman Dalton Prout from Springfield of the AHL and goaltender Allen York from Chicago of the ECHL.