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Optimism in the desert — New Coyotes owner by end of next week?

Feb 17, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

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The clock may be ticking on the Phoenix Coyotes’ time in the desert, but according to The Arizona Republic, there’s “a growing hope that the Coyotes could land a new owner by the end of next week.”

For now, there are only whispers. But Jerry Colangelo hears potential buyers are “milling around.” Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick said he’s been approached by Greg Jamison, the former San Jose Sharks CEO who is trying to raise sufficient funds. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman recently said there’s a third party involved, joining the Jamison Group and Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf.

One source said this third party is not only very real, but extremely wealthy and spending serious money on due diligence.

Colangelo, a former owner of the NBA Suns and MLB Diamondbacks, was also part of the group that moved the Coyotes to Phoenix from Winnipeg, so if he’s hearing things, things are probably happening. To what degree they’ve progressed is the question.

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  1. joecarp12 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Lets go Seattle

  2. t16rich - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Cant you people in Phoenix ask for somthing you will attend? Say like a new golf course or racetrack. NHL in Phoenix is like a cactus, it’s living but it’s prickly and no one wants to touch it.

    • haterzgonahate - Feb 17, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      lol.. good analogy

  3. vshehane - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    I hope Phoenix gets to keep their team. If the Northerners get their way the sport will never grow. It can be successful even in the desert.

    • miketoasty - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      I think once we see some playoff success with the Coyotes (If they stay in the dessert) attendance will rise. When picking up the sport in 2000, this was my favorite team (Living in Pittsburgh it obviously switched over quickly to the Penguins) but there is still a spot in my heart for the Coyotes.

  4. matty11kat - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    As a girl who’s lived her entire life in high desert country in New Mexico I can confirm that you can sell hockey to people in the desert. I hate the Coyotes (because a couple of Coyotes players were mocking the Bang Bang Dance after they beat my Avs last year) but I hope they can stay in Phoenix.

  5. pavelfitzgerald - Feb 17, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Didn’t Colangelo learn the first time when he moved Phoenix to the Jets. I really wonder about the mental capacity of people who say the NHL can make it in Phoenix. They have lost money EVERY year they’ve been there. Not 1 or 2 or 3 years – EVERY year!! Even when they DID make the playoffs. No other business would ever allow this but Gary Bettmans. This is a c**k measuring contest for him as he refuses to admit hes wrong

  6. imleftcoast - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    This Seattlite would prefer the Panthers or Lightning.

  7. AlohaMrHand - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    let Roenick and Reinsdorf buy them and they can rename them the Glendale Moneypits.

  8. unknowneric - Feb 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Given how much of their equipment he’s bought over the years, the ACME Corporation should already own the Coyote.

    Oh… the team? Hey, ACME could own them too, they’re experienced with bombs.

    /I’ll be here all week, try the chicken.

  9. proudliberal85392 - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    As a long-time Coyotes fan, I’m heartened by this news. Get this resolved, because I’m sick and tired of hearing all the baloney from so-called “experts” who have no idea what’s really happening here. The thoughtful commentary being offered is especially well exemplified by the earlier comment about golf and horse racing. This is akin to me making observations about the epidemic of frozen brains possessed by northeners in areas wher the snow never melts and everyone has to kill their food.

  10. mogulboy - Feb 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Where does Jamison live? any chance he wants to put the team in Seattle?

  11. desertdog5 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Coyotes will stay here forever! As a local native of Chandler, Arizona I can that amazing things happen to my Arizona sports teams to save themselves from a whole bunch of crap in a tough situation!

  12. desertdog5 - Feb 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Seattle is a wasteland and to move the Phoenix Coyotes from the best city in the USA were it is always sunny and warm and so many national landmarks to a place were it never stops raining and cold as hell would just flat out suck!

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