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Crosby, Doan among attendees at week-long camp in Arizona

Nov 28, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

Crosby Doan

The desert has been a hotbed of hockey activity lately.

On Tuesday, prospective owner Greg Jamison moved one huge, crucial step closer to buying the Phoenix Coyotes and, that same day, a collection of locked-out NHLers descended on Scottsdale for an impromptu camp.

Here’s more, from the Arizona Republic:

The Ice Den in Scottsdale has been the lockout destination for many Coyotes players, but now they’ve recruited some of their peers from around the league to participate in training sessions this week.

About 30 players are practicing and scrimmaging against each other. Only a handful of players will skate on Wednesday, but the entire group — which has been split up into two teams — will be back on the ice Thursday and Friday. Penguins star Sidney Crosby is expected to join the skates at the end of the week.

“Word’s getting out it’s a pretty good spot to be during this time,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan said.

As far as informal skates go, the Scottsdale one is pretty good.

Goalies: Ryan Miller, Mike Smith

Defensemen: Keith Yandle, Zbynek Michalek, Adrian Aucoin, Ryan Whitney, Mike Komisarek

Forwards: Crosby, Doan, Patrick Marleau, Dan Cleary, Steve Ott, Brenden Morrow, Ray Whitney, Steve Sullivan

Of all the players in attendance, Crosby is (unsurprisingly) the one receiving the most attention — though it’s not just due to his star power.

Talks of Crosby possibly jumping to Europe have been rampant, with some suggesting his involvement in the Scottsdale camp is a warmup to playing in Russia or, potentially, the Swiss league.

“Sidney is seriously looking at his options in Europe,” Crosby’s agent, Pat Brisson, told on Tuesday. “He needs and wants to play hockey. It will be difficult to go all year without playing after what he’s gone through the last two years.

“Over the next few days I’m going to make more calls and continue to explore Sidney’s options.”


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  1. zetaone - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    If only that was the real Coyotes roster :L
    Except Komisarek that is..

  2. thailer35 - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    If anyone finds out details of the times that they’ll be playing, that would be fantastic.

    • thailer35 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:59 AM

      Seriously, does anyone know what time?

  3. id4joey - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    There are those from Pittsburgh reporting Crosby looks better and faster than ever. Look out flyers! Can anyone from Pittsburgh confirm?

  4. id4joey - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Interesting data from Forbes.

    Forbes listed 15 players as top earners – here they are, ranked by how much they made in endorsement money last year:

    1. Sidney Crosby $4 M (Gatorade, Reebok, Bell Canada, Tim Hortons and others.)
    2. Alex Ovechkin $2.5M (Nike, Gatorade, Bauer…demand will increase before 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.)
    3. Jonathan Toews $1.2 M
    4. Jarome Iginla $750k (As evidenced by this and Toews earnings “bring-home-to-your-mom-able-ness is worth a lot of money in hockey.)
    5. Steven Stamkos $800k
    6. Evgeni Malkin $400k
    7. Eric Staal $250k
    8. Zach Parise $200k
    9. Rick Nash $150k
    10. Vincent Lecavalier $150k
    11. Marian Gaborik $150k
    12. Shea Weber $100k
    13. Scott Gomez $100k
    14. Dany Heatley $75k
    15. Ryan Suter $50k

    • zetaone - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      I agree it is interesting, but what does it have to do with this article?

    • valoisvipers - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM

      I can’t help but wonder who the hell besides the Habs of course, would pay Gomez 100 grand to endorse anything.Gets one goal in over a calender year and presto an endorsement deal.

  5. wisbadgers - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    I’m going tomorrow. I can’t wait. Can’t wait to tell Crosby to stop crying when he breaks a nail!!!!

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