By Brian Stubits
IN THE Kings' COURT: Negotiations between the Kings and restricted free agent Drew Doughty are progressing a little slower than Doughty's side would like. One of his agents, Don Meehan, says he hasn't heard from the Kings (FOXSportsWest) since June 23. At first he understood the Kings had a draft, free agency and the trade market to take up their time, but that's all taken care of. A large hold up is the lack of a precedent, which could come in Shea Weber's arbitration. Until then, it would probably be best for Doughty and company to relax.
DESERT REALITY: Now here's a bad sign for the future of the Coyotes in Arizona. City of Glendale mayor Elaine Scruggs recently had an interview with a Phoenix television station in which she acknowledged it's time the city contemplates life without the Coyotes in town and in the city's arena. She also addresses the Matthew Hulsizer failed bid, basically blaming the local watchdog group the Goldwater Institute and its threat of a lawsuit for scaring away the NHL on a Hulsizer marriage.
BUYING THE Blues: The Coyotes aren't the only team up for sale at the moment. The St. Louis Blues are also on the market, but don't seem to be having quite the same troubles as they are in Arizona. The company in charge of the sale says "Things are definitely heating up" (STLtoday.com) in the search for an owner. Could that perhaps be because of the aforementioned Hulsizer entering the picture?
PENNER IS MIGHTIER: After his less-than inspiring stint with the Kings for the end of last season, Dustin Penner was informed by head coach Terry Murray that he would have to drop a few pounds and get in better shape. A horse at 6'4 and 245 pounds, Penner is apparently taking it serious, citing motivation of the Kings' potential (frozenroyalty.net) and the new additions to help spur him into shape.
DEAD ON: The art of the goalie mask design isn't dead, but it looks pretty damn awesome when it goes dead. Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason shared the design of his cage for next year and while one half is somewhat routine (featuring the look of the Ohio state flag) the other half is anything but normal. Just have a look (Puck Daddy) at the Evil Dead 2-inspired motif.