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Report: Canucks, Burrows negotiating new deal

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According to Vancouver’s CKWX News1130, the Vancouver Canucks have started negotiations on a contract extension for winger Alex Burrows.

Burrows, 31, is heading into the final year of a deal that pays $2 million annually. The four-year, $8 million deal he signed back in 2009-10 represents one of the league’s best bargains — since signing, he’s averaged 29 goals per season and missed just 12 games to injury.

Last season, he averaged a career-high 18:28 of ice time and finished tied for 21st in even strength goals (23) with Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews.

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/08/15/report-canucks-burrows-negotiating-new-deal/

Yandle over Bouwmeester

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A report out of Calgary last week had the Red Wings offering Valtteri Filppula, Jonathan Ericsson and a prospect to the Flames for Jay Bouwmeester. But it seemed like wishful thinking, at best.

Even disregarding the value of Filppula and Ericsson to the Red Wings, Bouwmeester is in the conversation mostly because of his disappointing play for the Flames.

He does not play physically, especially not up to his ample size, and his offensive skills have waned.

Bouwmeester is, in sum, a drastically overpaid, veteran defenseman capable of soaking up an average of 22 minutes.

As much as the Red Wings need help, it is doubtful they would trade prized scoring and playmaking, a developing young defenseman and more, for Bouwmeester.

And the Flames are unlikely to part with Bouwmeester for much less.

Meanwhile, with two recent injuries and also failing to acquire defensemen this summer, the Flyers are likely to compete with the Red Wings for Bouwmeester, keeping the price high.

A far more attractive acquisition through a big trade is Keith Yandle, the young mainstay for the Coyotes, who is signed through 2016.

Phoenix Coyotes sale back on track as Greg Jamison secures investors

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The perpetually on-again, off-again saga regarding the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team is on again.

Prospective Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison has brought investment money and partners back into the fold and could soon close on the purchase of the team from the National Hockey League. The sale would keep the team in Glendale at Jobing.com Arena.

Jamison’s group has been trying to buy the Coyotes since last year.

Two sources with knowledge of the three-year-old Coyotes ownership saga say Jamison now has the investors and partners in place to finally buy the Coyotes and a deal could close very soon.

All that comes as free agent Coyotes captain Shane Doan puts off signing with a new team while Jamison tries to close the deal. The fact that Doan has held off signing with a new team could be an indicator that he is waiting on the Coyotes sale to close.

Doan could re-sign with the Coyotes if Jamison can buy the team. He’s also considering the Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers. The Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings could also be in the mix if Doan leaves Phoenix.

http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2012/08/08/phoenix-coyotes-sale-back-on-track-as.html

Could the Pens make a move for Ryan?

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If the Pens have any interest in Bobby Ryan, now might be the time to strike. Philly wants him but has to concentrate on D, I’d think.

https://twitter.com/JoshYohe_Trib/status/234856258195308544

Red Wings talking to Calgary Flames about making trade for veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester

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After failing to land a top defenseman through free agency, the Detroit Red Wings are looking to bolster their back end via trade.

A team source confirmed the Red Wings are talking with the Calgary Flames about making a deal for veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who has been the subject of trade rumors for more than a month.

The Red Wings are attempting to solidify their defensive corps with a trade because no top defensemen remain available through free agency.

Bouwmeester became expendable in Calgary when the Flames signed Dennis Wideman to a five-year, $26.25 million deal and the Red Wings need help on defense after captain Nicklas Lidstrom retired and Brad Stuart was traded to San Jose before he could sign with the Sharks as a free agent.

Wideman’s contract hiked Calgary’s payroll to $66.6 million, which is under the $70.2 million salary cap. But if the cap is reduced as expected when a new collective bargaining agreement is reached, that could force the Flames to dump salary and the possibility might reduce their asking price for Bouwmeester.

http://www.mlive.com/redwings/index.ssf/2012/08/red_wings_talking_to_calgary_f.html