Cross Checks: Bobby Butler
- The biggest name left on the market, Shane Doan is expected to talk to prospective Coyotes buyer Greg Jamison on Friday to gain insight into Jamison's bid to buy the team, according to the Arizona Republic. "We're expecting some type of announcement or debriefing (Friday) regarding the ownership group, and hopefully we get good news and (General Manager) Don (Maloney) and I can start putting pencil to paper," Doan's agent Terry Bross told the paper. "If we don't, I think we're going to start to negotiate with some of the other clubs."
One the teams believed to be in the Doan hunt, the Detroit Red Wings are now said to be out of the running because the bidding price is too high, a source told mlive.com. The price may also be to high for the Vancouver Canucks, according to The Province. Doan will likely receive multiple four- and five-year offers, which is more than the Canucks may want to spend, according to the Vancouver paper.
- The Philadelphia Flyers expect to have a contract extension for head coach Peter Laviolette completed within a week, GM Paul Holmgren told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- The Ottawa Senators are going to place Bobby Butler on waivers and buyout his contract, according to the Ottawa Sun. Butler would make $1.2 million in the final season of a two-year deal. “It’s up to Bobby to show that he can play and show that (the Senators) made a bad decision,” Butler's agent Neil Sheehy told the paper.
- With Shea Weber signed, the Predators have established a new plan for buying single-game tickets, according to The Tennessean. Seven of the 41 home games have been designated as premium games and fans are required to attend the Skate of the Union at Bridgestone Arena and buy a ticket plan in order to buy tickets to one of those games, according to the paper.