Prospective Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison missed a deadline late Thursday to purchase the team, but the NHL is optimistic that an agreement can be reached in the near future.
"We remain hopeful the Coyotes' sale process will be resolved successfully and we will continue to work with the city of Glendale to move the process forward," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement Friday. "Mr. Jamison will continue to work with the NHL and the city of Glendale to close a deal that will keep the Coyotes in the Valley."
In the meantime, the NHL will maintain ownership of the team.
Jamison had until midnight Thursday to close a deal with Glendale or the city would rescind its lease agreement with Jamison for Jobing.com Arena, where the Coyotes play. Sources indicated that Jamison was unable to raise the money to meet the NHL's demand of $170 million to purchase the team.
---The Coyotes made three personnel moves: Goaltender Chad Johnson back to AHL Portland, forward Andy Miele (the 2011 Hobey Baker Aaward winner) was called up from Portland, and defenseman David Rundblad was assigne to Arizona of the CHL.
---Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton will be sidelined for 7-10 days with a concussion, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced.
Thornton was injured during a fight with Buffalo Sabres forward John Scott on Thursday night. The Bruins called up Jamie Tardif from Providence of the American Hockey League.
---Florida Panthers forward Scottie Upshall will be out of action at least a month because of an ankle injury he sustained during a fight in Thursday's game against Winnipeg, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.
Upshall was limited to 26 games last season, when he had two goals and three assists.
---St. Louis Blues forward Chris Stewart claims the Blue Jackets' Derek Dorsett bit him in the hand during a fight in Thursday's game, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Dorsett denied it.
---Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson was named the NHL's first star for the month of January. He had an 0.99 goals-against average in his first six starts.
Sharks forward Patrick Marleau and Sabres forward Thomas Vanek were named second and third stars, respectively.