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Report: Coyotes to Winnipeg rumors false

Mar 29, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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Earlier today we reported on a story that the NHL had a ‘deal in principle’ worked out with an ownership group based out of Toronto, to move the franchise to Winnipeg if the league couldn’t sell the team by June.

An update by Tim Campbell in the Winnipeg Free Press states such a plan is merely the third option for the league, and that True North spokesman Scott Brown is saying that the report in the Phoenix Business Journal is false.

An important note in the story is that the city council of Glendale, Arizona will be meeting tomorrow to discuss possible lease concessions; the financial aspects of the arena lease are one of the biggest issues facing a potential sale of the team to keep the team local.

The NHL is doing all it can to keep the team in Arizona, and like we said earlier the supposed deal with David Thomson was merely — if true — a backup plan if the first two two potential owners didn’t work out.

(H/T to James Mirtle for the link)

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