Good news for two troubled NHL franchises: Friday afternoon notes

NEWARK NJ - JULY 20: Team owner Jeff Vanderbeek and Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils field questions during a media opportunity announcing Kovalchuk's contract renewal at the Prudential Center on July 20 2010 in Newark New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Our weekend kicks off with some encouraging news for two financially beleaguered hockey markets. In Phoenix, the drive to strike a deal and keep the Coyotes in town survives one challenge, while the debt-ridden Devils may have wriggled their way out of some desperate straits...

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Nashville Predators News

Preds await decision from Ryan Suter - FS Tennessee
The longer this drags out, the less I think David Poile will trade Suter's rights. Why cut off the dialogue that is still ongoing?

Smashville 24/7 - Preds should take unique approach with Wilson
I like the idea of locking up Wilson for 4-5 years, but doubt it will come as cheaply as Jacob hopes here. One wild card is whether the next CBA might bring about unrestricted free agency earlier than the current 7 years (a longer period of time than you see in other major pro sports).

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Court denies Goldwater Institute injunction on Coyotes' deal - Phoenix Business Journal
A swing and a miss for the anti-Coyotes crowd in Phoenix.

New Jersey Devils finally find new ownership investors to ease debt, says report | Puck Daddy
A happy ending for the high-class huckster?

AHL admits ‘rules interpretation error’ on Norfolk’s freaky OT goal vs. Marlies in Calder Cup | Puck Daddy
Loosely translated, the ruling goes "too bad, so sad."

A Thousand Tiny Miracles: Or, Why Hockey is Never Boring | Backhand Shelf
E does a wonderful job capturing exactly what makes this game so great.

Adventures in Bureaucracy: The NCAA's New Rule Changes - Western College Hockey Blog
The NCAA holds off on a controversial move to abandon full facial protection.

Ian Laperriere set to officially retire, according to report - Broad Street Hockey
A mere formality, really.

Canes Now - Maurice reportedly headed to KHL | blogs
Paul Maurice is going to Russia to take over as coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk, a bit of an eyebrow-raiser.

And finally, as seen at Puck Daddy, this is what I aspire to in about 40 more years:

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