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• Michael Farber of SI reported that unrestricted free agent Marian Hossa "likely will be signing a long-term deal, believed to be seven years, to stay with" the Detroit Red Wings. Can't wait to see the final price tag on that. Neither can the rest of these guys. [SI]
• St. Louis Blues principal owner Dave Checketts is heading a group that wants to buy the St. Louis Rams. Sarah Palin begins flexing thumb for ceremonial coin toss appearance in 2012. [St. Louis Game Time]
The top sports headlines of the day
• Faye Clevenger is such a Red Wings superfan, she even created a makeshift scoreboard that she keeps updated out on her front lawn. You know, there's probably a more applicable term than "superfan" ... [WXYZ]
• Former CFL commissioner Tom Wright files a formal application to the NHL to relocate the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton on behalf of Jim Balsillie: "They to date have been unsuccessful inasmuch as no one has stepped forward and expressed an interest or presented an offer to Mr. Moyes of any magnitude that would pay most of the creditors and keep the club in the Phoenix/Glendale area." [CBC Sports]
• Jimmy Bals received U.S. antitrust approval to buy the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes on Tuesday. [Reuters]
• The voting for best hit of the playoffs is ongoing at the Kurtenblog. [KB]
• Congrats to Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and John Davidson, St. Louis Blues president, for snagging the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for print journalism and the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for broadcasting (respectively). [NHL]
• From the makers if Islanders Independent, here's Rangers Independent. Just in time for New York Rangers fans to declare a jihad on the Dolans for a nine-percent ticket price increase. [Rangers Independent]
• The Madison Square Garden supersuite sounds ... uh ... super sweet. [NHL]
• Finally, Benkovitz fish market in Pittsburgh took a poor, unsuspecting dead octopus and put in bondage. Ladies and gentlemen, Mollusk in Chains: