Daily Cupcakes - Links from around the unlocked out NHL - February 1st, 2013

Rich Lam

The Phoenix Saga continues.

“I don’t think this is a surprise to anybody who’s been around here,” Coyotes coach Dave Tippett said.

The latest round in this ownership drama came just before it was supposed to finally end.

Former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison reached a preliminary deal to buy the franchise from the NHL last year and worked out a 20-year lease agreement with the city of Glendale worth more than $300 million. The deal was reworked in November and all Jamison had to do was complete his purchase of the team by 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

The NHL is not looking at expansion.

Contrary to some belief, the NHL is not in a position to expand to southern Ontario, Quebec or anywhere else, says the league’s deputy commissioner.

Bill Daly on Thursday told Hockey Night in Canada Radio listeners “we’re not there right now” on expansion.

Those words might come as a devastating blow to those living in and around Markham, Ont., after city council in the city of about 300,000 just north of Toronto voted Tuesday night in support of a funding plan to build an NHL-style arena with the help of public funding.

There's a new documentary.

The Chris Nilan fight you will remember from the Alex Gibney-directed documentary Last Gladiators is not one that earned him one of his 251 fighting majors from 1979-92.

It's the battle the famed Montreal Canadiens tough guy waged to overcome drug and alcohol addiction. How he fared against league's heavyweights doesn't seem quite as important as how he pulled himself off the canvas after being knocked out by painkillers and heroin. In the film, Nilan brings home the severity of his problem by revealing that he has awakened with his drug needle still in his arm, and that he has survived overdoses.

"(The documentary) was kind of an extension of my therapy to talk about all of this stuff," Nilan said. "It helped me get through some of the things I was trying to get through and helped me stay sober."

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