The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - August 6th, 2013

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Avalanche have put together a gallery of the best pictures from the last season.

The Coyotes saga may be over...

The Phoenix Coyotes’ ownership saga is over.

The NHL announced the sale of the team to Canadian-led owners was finalized after it was approved by the board of governors Monday.

Once the board of governors voted to approve the sale to the IceArizona group led by Renaissance Sports & Entertainment’s Anthony LeBlanc and George Gosbee, that terminated the league’s ownership of the Coyotes. The NHL had owned the team for almost four years.

Chelios is going to the Olympics.

Chris Chelios is going to the Olympics again, this time as an analyst for Fox Sports 1's hockey coverage in Sochi, Russia.

This will be Chelios' sixth Olympics. He was a defenseman on Team USA four times (1984, 1998, 2002 and 2006) and served as an unofficial adviser for the U.S. team in 2010. Chelios said he was contacted by Fox Sports 1 about three months ago.

NHL.com has a story about a Avalanche prospect.

Butcher certainly put his best skate forward in an attempt to remain here the rest of the week, as well as keep his name at the forefront of USA Hockey's thinking as the roster is formulated for the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

However, Butcher said he wasn't going to spend much time worrying about something he can't control.

"I think I've shown enough," said Butcher, a 2013 fifth-round pick (No. 123) of the Colorado Avalanche. "It's up to the coaches and how they want to handle it, if I fit the right role they're looking for. I think it just falls into that. I played the game that I was brought here to play."

He stepped into that role at just the right time for USA Blue. Two power-play goals from Sebastian Collberg and a goal from Gustav Possler gave Sweden a 3-0 lead midway through the second period.

Iginla wants to stay in Boston.

Jarome Iginla may have signed a one-year contract with the Boston Bruins in the offseason, but the veteran is hoping the stay will be extended.

"I'm absolutely very thrilled to come and be a part of the Bruins," Iginla told the Bruins official site while doing some offseason training near Kelowna, B.C. "The experiences of trying to win a Stanley Cup, but it's also more than that. It's to try and come and be a part of the team."

Remember when I told you about Gretzky’s stick? Yeah, one of the sticks he used as a kid just fetched over $38,000.

The hockey stick that a 13-year-old Wayne Gretzky used to score the 1,000th goal of his lifetime sold for $38,838 (U.S.) at a recent sports memorabilia auction.

The Koho-brand stick, signed in blue ink by the Great One after he scored the landmark goal in 1974, was sold to an anonymous bidder Thursday at a sports auction managed by Heritage Auctions.

The stick was being auctioned for the first time. It had belonged to the family of Ron St. Amand, Gretzky’s coach on the Brantford Turkstra Lumber squad. Gretzky gave the stick to St. Amand after the game.

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