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TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 17:  Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the Toronto Maple Leafs upends Daniel Winnik #34 of the Colorado Avalanche in a game on October 17, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 17: Mikhail Grabovski #84 of the Toronto Maple Leafs upends Daniel Winnik #34 of the Colorado Avalanche in a game on October 17, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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A piece on Geoff Walker.

Some free agents have to endure the "nervous waiting game" during the free agent frenzy that begins July 1 at noon. Walker wasn’t one of them.

"I expected it to go a couple of days at least," he admitted.

"For them to show that much interest and call right at 12 o’clock and for my agent to call at 12:05 with the offer was pretty special."

There were a few other teams that expressed interest in signing the forward, but Walker was pleased to become a member of the Avalanche. Terms of the two-way NHL contract were not released.

"I’m just really excited about signing my first NHL deal with a good organization like Colorado," he said.

Looks as though Rick Nash isn't interested in Colorado.

Brampton-raised Rick Nash — a power forward looking for a way out of the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets — will not approve a trade to his once-beloved Maple Leafs.

The Columbus Dispatch uncovered the six teams that Nash would approve a trade to, and none of them are in Canada.

Nash’s list of "approved" destinations are: Boston, Detroit, New York Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose.

And the Phoenix Drama just keeps going...

Once again, threats to the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes are mounting, which means the NHL is facing some unappetizing choices over the future of the franchise.

A petition to overturn a city sales-tax increase was delivered to suburban Glendale city officials Thursday. It could torpedo Greg Jamison’s proposed purchase of the Coyotes from the league.