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Don Maloney still hopeful for Coyotes to stay in Arizona

Mar 17, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

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While there’s no update about what’s going on with the Phoenix Coyotes and whether or not they’ll be back in the desert next season, that’s not stopping Coyotes GM Don Maloney from holding out hope.

Maloney spoke with Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic and commented about how there isn’t any news about potential new ownership. He also thinks that if there’s bad news to come, it won’t be coming out before the Coyotes’ season is done.

“If there was any negative news, I don’t think we’re going to hear it until we’re done playing this year,” Maloney said. “I still remain optimistic that the team can remain in Phoenix. I’m going to believe that until somebody tells me that’s not going to happen.”

For the last three years no one has told him that it’s over with, but with a very hazy summer on the way for the franchise doubts are creeping in again about whether or not the Coyotes will be sticking around. The one thing working in their favor for sticking around for at least another year is the fact there’s nowhere really ready to take the team.

Of course with Quebecor in Canada being itchy to own a team and the possibility that the City of Glendale might not want to keep fronting for financial losses, this season shapes up again to potentially be the Coyotes last one in Arizona.

  1. hawknuts - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    gary bettman needs to just admit his mistake and move on. seattle, quebec, kc…wherever

  2. missthemexpos - Mar 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

    The ultimate deja vu is March every year, and the talk turns to the Coyotes and if they will be still in Glendale come fall.

  3. firstandonlywarning - Mar 17, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Ya ya Don, how about you invest YOUR money into keeping the team there?

    Funny how things change when its your money and investment.

    “Suuuuuure keep them in Arizona its not MY money being lost year after after”

    Shut up Maloney

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