NHL notes: Coyotes announcement coming this week, Jamison says
|Former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison is approaching a deadline to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes. (REUTERS)
Prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison on Monday guaranteed an announcement regarding his purchase of the league-owned club by the end of this week.
The former San Jose Sharks CEO has until Thursday to complete the deal ahead of deadline established by the previous Glendale City Council.
“There’s a lot happening. We’re moving forward,” Jamison told the Arizona Republic. “There will be an announcement before the end of the week.
Whether that announcement will see Jamison’s group introduced as the Coyotes’ new owners remains to be seen.
“There are a lot of moving parts,” Jamison said. “Rather than constantly going into that with people – people are a little tired of hearing that – I think they would just prefer to have an announcement, one way or the other.”
HELM TO RETURN SOONER RATHER THAN LATER
Detroit Red Wings forward Darren Helm could return sooner than expected.
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Monday that Helm, who has missed all but one of Detroit’s games due to a lingering back injury, received positive news following an MRI Monday.
"There's no structural damage," Holland told the newspaper. "It's just a re-aggravation of an old injury. There's a little inflammation, so he's going to get an anti-inflammatory and take a few days off."
Through six seasons with Detroit, Helm has 32 goals and 51 assists in 249 regular season games.
BRIEFLY: Two-time Stanley Cup champion Petr Sykora is heading back to Europe after failing to connect with an NHL club. After registering 44 points with the New Jersey Devils a season ago, the Czech winger failed to find an NHL club in what would have been his 16th season in the league. Sykora will instead line up with Switzerland’s SC Bern for the rest of the season … The Ottawa Senators have recalled 2011 first round draft pick Mika Zibanejad ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the visiting Washington Capitals. The 19-year-old Swedish centre has four goals and seven assists this season through 23 games with the Sens’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton … The Colorado Avalanches Gabriel Landeskog missed Monday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers with head and neck pain. Landeskog was on the receiving end of a big hit from San Jose Sharks defenceman Brad Stuart, who defended his actions following the game. The extent of Landeskog’s injury is unknown.