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NHL notes: One last chance for Coyotes?

A general view of action at Glendale's Jobing.com Arena. (AFP)

A general view of action at Glendale's Jobing.com Arena. (AFP)

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, Last Updated: 9:35 AM ET

The City of Glendale is set to vote on whether to pay a pricey New England firm to determine its next move in the saga over what to do with the Phoenix Coyotes and Jobing.com Arena.

If approved, city documents put Glendale's total contract with Boston’s Beacon Sports Capital Partners LLC at $100,000, according to the Phoenix Business Journal.

The Coyotes, who have been owned by the NHL since 2009, could be relocated to another city following the 2012-13 season after potential buyer Greg Jamison failed to find investors to join him in managing a team that would have been financed by taxpayers for the foreseeable future.

It’s possible the ‘Yotes will find themselves in a different city come next season with Quebec City, Seattle, Portland and suburban Toronto potentially in the market for a team.

MORE NHL IN SASKATOON

Saskatoon will host a pair of NHL pre-season games in September with the Ottawa Senators playing the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets facing the Boston Bruins, according to the Canadian Press.

"The Winnipeg Jets look forward to visiting Saskatoon and playing an original six opponent in the Boston Bruins," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff told CP.

Season seat holders for the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades will get first crack at filling the 15,000 available seats inside Saskatoon's Credit Union Centre.

Saskatoon, the largest city in Saskatchewan, has been rumoured to be in the market for an NHL franchise, with interested parties having contacted the league.

LIGHTNING EXTEND THOMPSON

Tampa Bay forward Nate Thompson is no longer on the market.

The Lightning announced a four-year contract extension with the 28-year-old on Saturday reported to be worth $6.4 million, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Thompson has six goals and four assists in 30 games this season. He’s currently second on the Lightning with 58 hits.

“We’re very pleased to have agreed to a contract extension with Nate,” vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. “He has and will continue to be a very important member of our team both on and off the ice.”

Thompson, of Anchorage, Alaska, has 29 goals and 35 assists in 295 career appearances with the Lightning, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders.

BRIEFLY: Winnipeg Jets defenceman Toby Enstrom could return to the Jets lineup on Sunday against the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning. Jets head coach Claude Noel hinted the 28-year-old Swede could make his return after missing more than a month with a shoulder injury … The St. Louis Blues have activated forward T.J. Oshie from injured reserve after the 26-year-old forward suffered an apparent shoulder injury earlier this month … Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been placed on injured reserve with an unspecified illness, one that Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger played down late last week … The Montreal Canadiens claimed former New York Rangers centre Jeff Halpern off waivers on Saturday.


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