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Top Line: Coyotes sale finally closed; Red Wings fan fave Burr dies

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The Coyotes' sale will keep the team in Phoenix...for now.

The Coyotes’ sale will keep the team in Phoenix…for now. (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

By Sarah Kwak

An annotated guide to this morning’s short list of must-read hockey stories:

• The Phoenix Coyotes finally have real owners not named the NHL! After more than four years under league ownership, the Coyotes are now the property/problem of IceArizona Acquisitions Co., a group of 11 businessmen who are now charged with making things work in Glendale. Otherwise, say hello to the five-year out-clause and goodbye to the ‘Yotes…. again.

• Former Red Wings first-rounder Shawn Burr, who had been battling cancer for three years, died at the age of 47 after a fall down the stairs caused brain trauma. Mitch Albom pays tribute to the Detroit fan favorite.

• Panthers forward and Rookie of the Year Jonathan Huberdeau is back on the ice after off-season hip surgery. He hopes to be ready by training camp.

• Team Canada’s junior national team evaluation camp update. Flames prospect Sean Monahan impressed during the controlled scrimmage.

• Meanwhile, Team USA’s junior team made cuts. Here is who remains. Exhibition games between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden begin Wednesday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

• He hasn’t even really BEEN a Bruin yet, but Jarome Iginla’s already talking extension? Of course, to the team’s website.

• NHL’s 30-in-30 focuses on the San Jose Sharks, and the prospect of Brent Burns as a full-time forward.

• Ron Hainsey, NHLPA “bad cop” during negotiations, is still a free agent. Did he burn too many bridges last fall?

• As Dallas bids farewell to the Pacific Division this year (Ah, yes, that refreshing Texas ocean breeze.), the guys over at Defending Big D have asked fans from the other Pacific teams to send the Stars off.

• The Edmonton Journal will be reliving “THE TRADE” all week. Here, a look at Gretzky’s time in Edmonton through the pages of the Journal.

• Interesting look at how much the 2008-09 Championship Penguins are making now. If only sports reporters’ salaries would increase by 373.68% over five years…

  • Published On Aug 06, 2013
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