NHL Breeze: Aug.31, Coyotes News, Guerin Heating Up, Kennedy a Ranger

Joseph Trenton@@TrentonNHLCFLAnalyst IIIAugust 31, 2010

VANCOUVER, CANADA - APRIL 15: Ryan Kesler #17 of the Vancouver Canucks tries to bump Fredrik Modin #33 of the Los Angeles Kings off the puck during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 15, 2010 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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NHL Breeze: Aug.31, Coyotes News, Guerin Heating Up, Kennedy a Ranger


Happy birthdays to:

NHL player born today:

-          Matt Ellis, 29, Buffalo Sabres

-          Ryan Kesler, 26, Vancouver Canucks

-          Radek Martinek, 34, New York Islanders

-          Scott Niedermayer, 37, multi-Norris winner, future Hall of Famer

-          Ondrej Pavelec, 23, Atlanta Thrashers

-          Blake Wheeler, 24, Boston Bruins


Today’s NHL news and notes:

-       Report out of Arizona News that 2 anonymous groups are interested in buying the Coyotes besides Ice Edge. However, they only remain as viable options and the table is still set between Ice Edge, city of Glendale and the NHL.

-       “There was a different side of the story. So I just try to make note of that. And if there’s some out there that think I’m full of crap, then whatever, that’s fine. I hope Burke and that organization have success, but I signed here in Vancouver and gear up for main camp and hopefully have a chance to make the team. If not, I’ll start in Manitoba and build my way up.” ~Bill Sweatt quote Aug.26, in Vancouver.

-       I will have more in-depth coverage on Bill Sweatt coming up…

-       Kyle Turris was disappointed to be sent down to play in San Antonio (AHL), but he admits he learned a lot. Ready to make a jump back in the NHL at 185lbs.

-       Tim Kennedy found a team that wants him: New York Rangers. He signed a 1-way deal to stay with the big club.

-       Lee Stempniak signed a 2-year deal worth 1.9mil a year. First year is 1.5mil, second year is 2.3mil. Big discount from his previous 3.5mil. Maybe he should have signed a 1-year deal.

-       September is just around the corner and Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro is optimistic he has strengthened his knee to a point that he can return to old form this season. Still unsure when he will be back at full speed.


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