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--It looks as if the Phoenix Coyotes will change their name although they will have to wait a year. Jamison wants to call the team the Arizona Coyotes, joining the NHL's Arizona Cardinals and baseball's Arizona Diamondbacks as professional sports teams seeking a statewide appeal.

The Coyotes haven't played in Phoenix since 2003, and there have been plans to change the name for years. But unstable ownership and the three-year saga of NHL ownership have delayed the process, and with the deal still not done in time the team will have to remain the Phoenix Coyotes for one more year.

--The Coyotes have six players set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1: forwards Shane Doan (also the team's captain), Ray Whitney, Taylor Pyatt and Daymond Langkow and defensemen Adrian Aucoin and Michal Rozsival.

Doan is the top priority, according to GM Don Maloney. Whitney is seeking a raise and multiple years and could be difficult to lure back. Rozsival played well in the postseason, but his $5 million salary is high and the Coyotes have lots of depth on defense. Aucoin could be asked back at a lower price.

"The Coyotes-Glendale situation has had an interesting history; sometimes up, sometimes down, sometimes sideways. But what right now we're talking about is the future, and I believe in the city of Glendale." -- Prospective Coyotes owner Greg Jamison to the Glendale city council.

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