Top Line: Coyotes sale finally closed; Red Wings fan fave Burr dies

Tuesday August 6th, 2013

The Coyotes' sale will keep the team in Phoenix...for now. The Coyotes' sale will keep the team in Phoenix...for now. (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

By Sarah Kwak

An annotated guide to this morning’s short list of must-read hockey stories:

• The Phoenix Coyotes finally have real owners not named the NHL! After more than four years under league ownership, the Coyotes are now the property/problem of IceArizona Acquisitions Co., a group of 11 businessmen who are now charged with making things work in Glendale. Otherwise, say hello to the five-year out-clause and goodbye to the 'Yotes.... again.

• Former Red Wings first-rounder Shawn Burr, who had been battling cancer for three years, died at the age of 47 after a fall down the stairs caused brain trauma. Mitch Albom pays tribute to the Detroit fan favorite.

• Panthers forward and Rookie of the Year Jonathan Huberdeau is back on the ice after off-season hip surgery. He hopes to be ready by training camp.

• Team Canada's junior national team evaluation camp update. Flames prospect Sean Monahan impressed during the controlled scrimmage.

• Meanwhile, Team USA's junior team made cuts. Here is who remains. Exhibition games between the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden begin Wednesday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

• He hasn't even really BEEN a Bruin yet, but Jarome Iginla's already talking extension? Of course, to the team's website.

• NHL's 30-in-30 focuses on the San Jose Sharks, and the prospect of Brent Burns as a full-time forward.

• Ron Hainsey, NHLPA "bad cop" during negotiations, is still a free agent. Did he burn too many bridges last fall?

• As Dallas bids farewell to the Pacific Division this year (Ah, yes, that refreshing Texas ocean breeze.), the guys over at Defending Big D have asked fans from the other Pacific teams to send the Stars off.

• The Edmonton Journal will be reliving "THE TRADE" all week. Here, a look at Gretzky's time in Edmonton through the pages of the Journal.

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