Judge Redfield T. Baum ordered the NHL and Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to take their dispute over who controls the team to mediation. The judge has set a date of June 22 to settle the matter. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that if Jerry Reinsdorf's offer to buy the team is accepted, Wayne Gretzky would be forced to step down as head coach. It's believed Gretzky's salary, which is five times the salary of other NHL coaches, is a factor in Reinsdorf's conditional offer. Brochu's take: So much for the reports of Gretzky supporting Reinsdorf's offer, which has not come from the Great One himself. Reinsdorf's offer has not been officially confirmed either. It's possible that he could pull his offer anytime, even after the court's decision. Source
The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Johan Motin to a three-year, entry-level contract. Motin was the Oilers' fourth round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Brochu's European rumor roundup:
According to reports in Kazakhstan, the Calgary Flames and Florida Panthers have made offers to goalie Marc Lamothe and forward Jozef Stumpel of KHL team Barys Astana. Source