NHL notes: Coyotes saga continues

The Coyotes are still without an owner after it was reported that a potential sale to Matthew...

The Coyotes are still without an owner after it was reported that a potential sale to Matthew Hulsizer had fallen through. (REUTERS/Rebecca Cook)

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The search goes on for a new owner for the Phoenix Coyotes.

The City of Glendale, Ariz., and the NHL released a statement Tuesday saying negotiations were being held with "other interested parties" in the wake of reports that a potential sale to Matthew Hulsizer had fallen through.

"The objective continues to be to transition ownership of the club to an interested purchaser in the coming months," the statement said.

Hulsizer, a Chicago investment executive, reportedly remains interest in buying an NHL franchise.

Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf remains a possible purchaser of the Coyotes.

Glendale has committed $25 million for a second consecutive year to keep the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena.

Hamrlik, Habs close

Defenceman Roman Hamrlik could be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.

The 37-year-old has received an offer from Habs general manager Pierre Gauthier, according to Radio-Camada.

Hamrlik had 34 points in 2010-11 -- his highest total in four seasons with the Canadiens.

Last week, the Canadians signed another veteran defenceman, Andrei Markov, to a three-year deal.

Barker's fall continues

Former third overall draft pick Cam Barker could be on his way out of Minnesota.

The Wild have put the defenceman on waivers, according to a report in the Sporting News. Barker is entering the final year of his contract that will pay him $3.25 million next season.

If Barker clears waivers Wednesday, a source said, the Wild will buy out the final year of his contract, making him a free agent.

Barker played in 52 games last season, posting just five points for the Wild. He was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in February, 2010 for Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy.

Ex-Canuck dies

The player who scored the first goal in Vancouver Canucks history has died.

Barry Wilkins, a defenceman with the Canucks from 1970-75, died Sunday, according to a press release from the NHL team.

"We are saddened by the recent news and on behalf of the entire Vancouver Canucks organization, I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to Barry's family," Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said. "Barry will always be remembered by Canucks fans for scoring the team's inaugural goal in the NHL. It was a great privilege to have spent time and honored Barry for his role with the team as part of our 40th celebration this year. He will be greatly missed by the Canuck family."

Wilkins wrote his name into the Canucks record books by scoring the fledgling franchise's first goal Oct. 9, 1970, against the Los Angeles Kings. Wilkins scored just five times that season.

The Toronto native also played for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers, during their WHA days.

Brunette axes agent

Minnesota Wild forward Andrew Brunette has reportedly fired his agents over their anti-gay marriage stance.

Brunette, who will become an unrestricted free agent Friday, fired Don and Todd Reynolds of Uptown Sports Management and replaced them with Don Baizley, according to Michael Russo of the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune.

Todd Reynolds caused a stir in May when he criticized New York Rangers forward Sean Avery for supporting same-sex marriages. Avery filmed a video for a gay-rights organization, saying

"Committed couples should be able to marry the person they love. Join me in supporting marriage equality."

Soon after, Todd Reynolds ripped Avery on Twitter.

"Very sad to read Sean Avery's misguided support of same-gender 'marriage.' Legal or not, it will always be wrong," he tweeted.

Although Brunette is no longer a client, Uptown still represents a number of NHLers, including Chris Neill, Cody McCormick and Mike Fisher.

Jacques let go by Oil

Gritty forward J.F. Jacques' days as an Edmonton Oiler appear to be over.

The Oilers didn't not give Jacques, a 26-year-old who has had back surgery twice, a qualifying offer, according to the Edmonton Journal. Jacques will become a free agent on Friday.

"After two and a half years of waiting I'm finally going to come to camp healthy, but obviously not with the Oilers," Jacques said in the report. "I've been with the Oilers my whole hockey life and this is going to be different."

Jacques, a second-round draft pick in 2003, played 51 games with the Oilers last season. He had four goals, one assist and 63 penalty minutes.

Stars re-sign veteran

Defenceman Brad Lukowich signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Dallas Stars Tuesday.

Lukowich, who has played 658 NHL games and won the Stanley Cup twice, spent most of the 2010-11 season with the Texas Stars of the AHL. The 34-year-old played five games with Dallas but failed to register a point.


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