Seattle mayor Mike McGinn told Seattle NBC TV affiliate King 5 that he spoke with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the Phoenix Coyotes
possibly relocating to Seattle.
McGinn and two Seattle city councilmembers met with investors Ray Bartoszek and Anthony Lanza about having the team start playing at 11,000-seat Key Arena this fall for two seasons until a new arena is built.
"I let (Bettman) know of the situation here, and that we were supportive of bringing the NHL to Seattle," McGinn said. "We have Key Arena, so we talked about the potential of them being in Key Arena, while we continue to work on a new arena plan."
Glendale, Ariz., has until June 25 to agree to a new lease with the Coyotes. The framework for a lease agreement is reportedly already in place. Bettman said the team could relocate if a deal is not done.
McGinn said the chances of getting the Coyotes are slim.
---Defenseman Mark Streit
has agreed to a four-year, $21 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Flyers
, TSN reported.
The Flyers acquired the rights to Streit last week from the New York Islanders
in exchange for prospect Shane Harper and a fourth-round pick at the 2014 draft.
Streit can't officially sign until Philadelphia gets its salary cap situation in order. CSN Philadelphia reports that a Flyers source says the deal is "not done yet."
Streit, 35, had six goals and 21 assists in 48 games for the Islanders this past season.
---The Nashville Predators
announced Monday that they signed defenseman Joe Piskula to a one-year contract.
The two-way deal is worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $135,000 at the AHL level.
Piskula, 28, had 10 points (two goals and eight assists) combined with Abbotsford and Milwaukee of the AHL. He was acquired from the Calgary Flames
---Defenseman Marco Scandella
agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Minnesota Wild
, the team announced.
The deal is worth $2.05 million, according to RDS.
Scandella, 23, only appeared in six games for the Wild last year after posting career-highs in games (63), goals (three) and assists (nine) in 2011-12.
---Alain Vigneault's contract to be the New York Rangers head coach is a five-year deal worth $10 million, multiple media outlets reported.
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