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Pipe dream? NHL still hoping to sell Coyotes to local buyer

Dec 6, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

Bill Daly AP

Not breaking news: The Phoenix Coyotes are still up for sale. Also not breaking news? There doesn’t appear to be anyone eager to buy the team to keep them in Glendale. That isn’t stopping NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly from holding out hope that the situation will change.

Daly tells Dan Rosen of NHL.com that he’s still hopeful that the Coyotes will bring about someone with deep pockets to both buy the team and keep them locked in at Jobing.com Arena. Daly says they’ve got a couple people interested in doing just that.

From the sound of that, it looks like the NHL just wants to have someone that can take the team off the NHL’s hands and get the Coyotes out of the canyon-sized financial hole they’re in.

As it is, Chicago Bulls and White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and former Sharks vice president Greg Jamison have been mentioned as potentially interested parties.

The Coyotes situation is one that’s not going to get any easier as the league can start looking around at other bids after the start of the new year. That’s not to say that they will, just that the option is there. If this is the Coyotes’ final season in Arizona, expect that things will move lightning fast to sell and relocate the team just the way the league did with the Thrashers over the summer.

  1. comeonnowguys - Dec 6, 2011 at 12:33 PM

    Local to Phoenix or local to Quebec?

  2. icelovinbrotha215 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    I don’t see any owner wanting to keep the Coyotes in PHX when there aren’t people filling the seats. Gary Bettman needs to stop being so gun-ho with having a NHL franchisee at ‘every turn’ and allow hockey to grow where people want it.

  3. rupertslander - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    Notwithstanding Daly’s comments, the new alignment basically leaves Phoenix for dead.

    p.s. The new alignment also effectively expresses no confidence that the Coyotes will wind up in KC or Houston.

  4. jpelle82 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    the re alignment basically clues us to the fact that the coyotes will be in quebec. the two eastern conferences only have 7 teams per conference while the west has 8 per conference….coyotes to quebec evens the playoff outlook and balances the competition for playoff spots

  5. tmoore4075 - Dec 6, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    To everyone saying they’ll be in Quebec because of the alignment, that not entirely true. If the team were to move to lets say Houston or KC then Detroit or CBJ could move easily into that division with Boston, TO and the rest. Plus either would fit much better there than in the current SE. It’s not as cut and dry as it’s just Quebec.

    I do believe they set it up this way to not have to move Detroit or CBJ right now in case PHX were to move. But if they were to stay it’s not big deal either. There were gonna be two conferences of 8 and so why does it matter if both of those conferences are out west? What happens in the other conferences means nothing to you now.

    Personal opinion: I think they move. I can’t imagine anyone fronting the whole bill for this team without some throwbacks from Glendale which Goldwater will stomp on. Sadly there is nowhere with a suitable arena AND ownership. I do hope it’s Quebec City though.

    • jpelle82 - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:01 PM

      it matters if you are a western team on the bubble and there are 16 teams and only 8 go to the playoffs. in the east there’s 14 and 8 go to the playoffs so you have to even it out. i truly believe if they werent expecting this quebec move then detroit would have been moved to the east in this realignment. still two conferences have 8 teams but the east and west are split evenly with 15 teams each

      • e5again - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM

        I don’t think you understand the new alignment.

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 6, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      Completely agreed. There are plenty of tea leaves to read about the Phoenix situation. The realignment isn’t among them.

  6. quizguy66 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    The people saying that the East and West both need 15 to be “fair” and need to balance things out are incorrect.

    The odds of a team in an 8-team division making the Stanley Cup Semi-Finals are 1 in 8. It doesn’t matter if the team they meet in that Semi-final comes from a 7-team or an 8-team division. The odds stay the same. 1 in 8. Their odds to make the Stanley Cup Finals are 1 in 16.

    The odds of a team in a 7-team division to make the semi-finals is still 1 in 7. To make the finals – 1 in 14.

    It doesn’t matter how the conferences are laid out. It doesn’t change the odds.

    -QG

  7. quizguy66 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Now the matter of whether the conference alignment is impacted by a possible Quebec contingency, that is a different matter altogether. It certainly is.

    If Phoenix moves to Quebec, they switch conferences to the Adams. No muss, no fuss.

    If Columbus moves to Quebec, they switch conferences to the Adams. No muss, no fuss.
    If Columbus moves to Kansas City, they stay the same.

    These contingencies are part of the reason why Detroit and Columbus did not get moved to the Adams and Patrick. The other reason, I am sure, is the marginal advantage of playing in 7-team conferences was enough of a carrot to the Eastern teams to go along with a plan that will cause them to have increased travel (which is the main thing the Western teams wanted).

    -QG

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