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New Canadian suitor for Coyotes

Baltimore Sun

Jim Balsillie apparently isn't the only Canadian businessman interested in purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Toronto Globe and Mail reported that Montreal businessman Steve Stotland is leading a group of investors that wants to buy the team and keep it in Glendale, Ariz.

The paper also reported that Stotland was involved in a group that attempted to purchase the Canadiens in 2001 and again earlier this year.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly did not deny the report. The league is running the team after bankruptcy proceedings over the summer.

"I know (Stotland has) done his due diligence and met with the team, and that's the extent of it," Daly said. "He seems to be excited by the prospect of owning the team, and we'll see where it goes."

Stotland is confident that under better financial arrangements, along with a successful team on the ice, the Coyotes can be successful in the desert.

"I want to show the NHL is viable in Glendale," he said. " Arena is one of the nicest facilities in the NHL. And if we start winning, with a local group in place, we just have to get the fans back."

•According to reports, Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov began skating on his own this week and hopes to be back in the lineup by the new year. Markov has been out since suffering torn tendons in his left ankle when he sliced it on the skate of goaltender Carey Price on opening night.

It was originally thought that Markov, 30, would be out until February.

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