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Is Seattle the new favorite to get the Coyotes?

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We always get a good response in the comments section when we write about the possibility of Seattle landing an NHL franchise. In the past, it’s always felt like a longshot, but that might be changing with the future of the Phoenix Coyotes still up in the air and many speculating it’s now or never for someone to buy the team and keep it in the desert.

After the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg, Quebec City appeared to be the favorite to get the Coyotes if the club was forced to leave Glendale. Kansas City, Las Vegas and Seattle were mentioned occasionally, but not as often as the former home of the Nordiques.

However, in yesterday’s Winnipeg Free Press, reporter Gary Lawless wrote, “Seattle is believed, at this point, to be the lead horse.”

Lawless isn’t the only reporter saying that. ESPN’s Scott Burnside made an appearance on Seattle radio yesterday and said, “You’ll hear a lot of cities come up over the next three or four months, but I think it’s interesting that Seattle, at least in my impression, has moved either to the top of that list or very near it.”

As we wrote back in December, there are lots of things Seattle’s got going for it:

—- Large metro population.

—- Plenty of rich people.

—- High-profile companies like Amazon.com, Starbucks and Microsoft.

—- Close enough to draw from Portland and Vancouver.

—- “Let’s do something indoors” weather during the winter.

What Seattle doesn’t have is an NHL-caliber arena. But then again, neither does Quebec City – not until 2015, and even that might be optimistic. In the meantime, KeyArena is arguably the more attractive venue for a temporary home compared to the old Colisee.

Burnside thinks playing games at KeyArena “would be entirely acceptable” while a new arena was being constructed.

Of course, that assumes the construction of a new arena in Seattle could be guaranteed before a Phoenix relocation occurs, as the NHL likely wouldn’t approve a move without that assurance. The city hired a consultant to explore a new arena in July, albeit with an eye mostly on the NBA. But surely adding an NHL team would make building an arena, whether via public or private money, a safer investment.

Related: Seattle is working hard to build an NBA/NHL arena (video)

Ducks sign former first-rounder Noesen to one-year extension

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Forward Stefan Noesen has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Anaheim Ducks.

Anaheim confirmed the two-way deal Monday.

Noesen (NAY-sun) appeared in one game in each of the past two seasons for the Ducks, who acquired him from Ottawa in 2013.

The 2011 first-round pick by the Senators has spent most of the past three seasons in the AHL with Anaheim’s affiliates in Norfolk and San Diego. He scored 32 points in 65 games for the Gulls last season.

The 23-year-old Texas native’s pro career has been hindered by two major injuries. He missed practically all of the 2013-14 season with torn ligaments in his left knee, and he missed four months of the 2014-15 season after an opponent’s skate blade nearly severed his right Achilles tendon.

Twitter unveils plan to stream NHL games

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Twitter will live stream for free one Major League Baseball game and one NHL game per week under a new deal.

The agreement announced Monday will allow viewers to watch games nationally that would normally be available only in the two teams’ home markets. Users will not need to be logged into Twitter to see the games.

The baseball games will also be available outside the U.S., with some exceptions. Twitter did not announce the game schedule Monday.

The social media network is attempting to move into live sports streaming through “over-the-top” broadcasts, which do not require a cable subscription. In April, Twitter reached a deal with the NFL to stream 10 “Thursday Night Football” games this fall.

Former Flyers goalie Heeter signs with Detroit’s AHL team

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The Red Wings added some goalie depth on Monday, agreeing to terms with journeyman Cal Heeter.

Heeter, 27, broke in with the Flyers organization a while back and made his big-league debut in ’13-14, appearing in one game.

Since then, he’s bounced around the ECHL, AHL (with the Toronto Marlies) and, last season, split his time between Hamburg of the German League and Zagreb Medvescak of the KHL.

By itself, this signing isn’t especially noteworthy, as Heeter projects to be an American League mainstay next year.

But the contract is kind of interesting when looking and the big-picture goalie situation in Detroit. The Wings now have Heeter, Petr Mrazek, Jimmy Howard, Jared Coreau, Eddie Pasquale and Jake Paterson all under contract for next season, which is an awful lot of goalies.

With that in mind, remember that Howard’s name has been in trade talks for quite some time.

 

Ex-NHLers Bellemore, Collins sign with KHL’s Chinese club

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HC Kunlun Red Star, the Beijing-based expansion team that will begin playing in the KHL next season, has added a pair of former NHLers.

Sean Collins, who appeared in a pair of games for the Capitals last season, and Brett Bellemore, a veteran of over 100 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes, have agreed to join the club, per Russian news outlet R-Sport.

Bellemore, 28, was originally drafted by the ‘Canes in 2007 and spent most of his professional career with the organization. He signed on with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence last year, and appeared in 56 games.

Collins, 27, broke in with the Blue Jackets before signing with the Caps last season. He spent the majority of the year in AHL Hershey and fared well — 16 goals and 39 points in 75 games — and scored three times in the playoffs, helping the Bears advance to the Calder Cup final.