The City of Glendale extended its arena management deal with the NHL for another 30 days Tuesday, the fourth such extension so far.
The extension, which will see the league operate Jobing.com Arena for another month, gives prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison more time to buy the beleagured franchise, according to Glendale city attorney Craig Tindall.
"This provides a period of time that's necessary to make sure the entire transaction can occur," Tindall told the Arizona Republic.
The most recent extension granted by the city, which came four months after Glendale council approved a 20-year, $324 million arena management deal with Jamison, was set to expire later this week. The city pledged $25 million to the league to operate the arena and keep the team in the Phoenix area.
Jamison, a former San Jose Sharks executive, has been trying to buy the Coyotes for months. In July, though, he was still reportedly $20 million short of the cash needed to buy the team.
BIGGS HEADS TO JUNIOR
The uncertainty with the start of the NHL season could land big forward Tyler Biggs in Oshawa.
At the very least, it appears as though the Toronto Maple Leafs first-round draft pick will attend training camp with the Oshawa Generals this week. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, picked 22nd overall by the Leafs in 2011, tweeted Tuesday that he was headed to the Generals camp.
"Excited for the move to Oshawa to get things going... Ready for this season to get started," Biggs said on his Twitter account.
The Leafs signed Biggs, the son of former Generals forward Don Biggs, to an entry-level contract earlier this month. Because he was drafted as a collegiate player (Miami of Ohio), he is eligible to play with the Toronto Marlies of the AHL this season but it looks like he will play one season of junior.
The addition of Biggs would help the Generals offset the loss of Vancouver Canucks first-rounder Nicklas Jensen, who plans to play in Sweden if he doesn't make the NHL team.
SURGERY FOR BLUE
St. Louis Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo will soon have minor surgery but is expected to be ready for training camp, whenever that may be.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong confirmed Tuesday that Pietrangelo will have "lower-body" surgery at an undetermined date. The 22-year-old injured a knee during the second round of the playoffs last season but wasn't expected to need surgery on it.
Pietrangelo, who had 12 goals and 39 assists last season, skated last month at the Blues' training facility.
SELANNE SEEKS SOLUTION
Teemu Selanna of the Anaheim Ducks might not get a chance to take one last twirl through the NHL.
But the 20-year NHL veteran could get another chance to play on home ice.
If there's a work stoppage this fall, Selanne is considering playing for Jokerit of the Finnish league. Apparently he's friends with Jokerit general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, which could sway his decision.
"Let's see," Selanne told the Orange County Register. "I say that I want to think about it. Let's see how things go and we'll see. Obviously I know there's a spot for me if I want to go. Like I said, I'm still optimistic but it doesn't look good."