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Report: relocation a growing possibility for Coyotes

Mar 27, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

Time might be running out on the National Hockey League to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale.

Hockey insider Darren Dreger of TSN reported on Twitter and television Wednesday evening that the “NHL continues to fight to keep (Coyotes) in Glendale, however, relocation decision could take (place) before the playoffs.”

  1. bensawesomeness - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    “I’m shocked by this”
    -Nobody, ever

    • heynow33 - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:15 PM

      Yet your still “shocked” that the NHL has not returned to QC, since 1996. How say you? I guess you “shock” easily.

      • bensawesomeness - Mar 30, 2013 at 3:07 PM

        You’re 2 days late man, let it go.

  2. esracerx46 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I had mentioned earlier that the nhl needed to do something to make that franchise more attractive. My idea was rather extreme in waiving relocation fees. If the NHL moves the franchise to get an owner thats essentially what they did. Kansas City had a team we dont need another Atlanta Flames/ Thrashers situation do we? QC lost their franchise as well but at least theyre passionate about hockey there. I’d love to see Seattle get a team. Have the market and will soon get a nice new building

    • mikebel11 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:46 PM

      That’s not essentially what they did. That’s not at all what they did. There’s no mention of waiving any fees here anywhere. Nor is there a sale or relocation yet. Stop pushing your waiving fees on everyone. No one waiving any fees.

  3. alexb64 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    No way in hell Jacobs wants that team in a city where they might make money. It’d be one less struggling market to strong arm into a lockout.

  4. littleant07 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    It would be such a shame for the city of Glendale if the coyetes left That whole area by the arena is very nice. It would not be good for the local business if they left

    • tatdue - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:01 AM

      The people of Glendale unfortunately for them voted into office one of the biggest problems in keeping the team there….

  5. mclovinhockey - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    About time…. Now for the NHL to work on a new realignment.

    Okay jets for the QC coyotes seems like a smart trade. NHL and NHLPA will decide to make a way to put 17 teams in the east.

  6. trbowman - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    How long has this relocation business been going on, a century?

    Move that team already – I’d like to see Seattle get a team, especially since they got royally boned by the NBA.

    QC would be good too.

    Kansas City? Just no.

  7. shortsxit34 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    It was pointed out in your original post that your idea made no sense. There have been several buyers that were more than willing to buy the team and pay the relocation fee, but the NHL refused to sell unless the team would remain in Glendale.

    The cost of relocating has never been an issue, the NHL refusing to let the team relocate has.

  8. quizguy66 - Mar 27, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    kinda rough to hold the Scouts move against Kansas City considering it happened 38 years ago! Not saying they are an ideal market at this point but it would surprise me if everyone involved in that move to Colorado has since passed on. On top of that all 3 cities mentioned have that same strike against them.

    I hate it for Coyote fans who’ve gotten yanked around for so long.


  9. gbditka - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Atlanta just called, they said “The 3rd time is the charm.” In all seriousness, hoping the city that potentially inherits the Coyotes embraces the franchise like the fans in Winnipeg did when the Jets returned home.

  10. ravenscaps48 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:16 PM


    • beavertonsteve - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      There needs to be a team in Seattle or Portland. The WHL team in Portland brings in nearly 7000 a game. The people here would go nuts for an NHL team.

      • heynow33 - Mar 29, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Seattle is a great pro sports market…tell that to the Mariners. Portland is great, they also “bid” for an NFL expansion. The NFL chose “Jacksonville” instead…must not be great.

  11. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    It’$ going to be Quebec. It’s all decided, minus a few loose ends to tidy up.

  12. kaptaanamerica - Mar 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    The team will relocate to wherever the league would get the least amount in expansion fees that way they maximize the expansion fees. Not sure if that’s Quebec city or Seattle.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      The NHL isn’t going to adjust relocation fees based on a certain location. It’s going to be the same amount of fee reguardless if it’s Quebec, GTA, Kansas City, or Anchorage (yes, I made that one up to prove a point).

      As far as realignment… It’s kind of an easy solve for 2 of the locations. If it’s Seattle, nothing would change. If it’s Kansas City, they get put in the divison with Minnesota, Winnipeg, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville, and Dallas. Colorado then moves west.

  13. kaptaanamerica - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    My Comment assumes the league would get expansion fees from Seattle and Quebec city and for relocation they would not get as much.

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:12 AM

      higher expansion fees for one location than the other.the question is which location would command higher expansion fees.

  14. canucks30 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    This should have happened years ago and the Coyotes should have gone back to Winnipeg with Atlanta going to Seattle, KC, or Quebec City. The Winnipeg Jets deserve their history back and it would have been nice to see the Jets come full circle instead of starting from scratch.

    I also feel terrible for the actual Coyotes fans who have followed the team the last 4 years and have had the rug pulled out from under them each time they thought they were getting a new owner with Bettman leading them on knowing full well a deal was not likely without significant caveats from taxpayers and the local government.

    And finally, does the NHL ever think ahead? They accept realignment just a few weeks ago and now then possibility exists they will move to QC putting 17 teams in the East and 13 in the West? You seriously didn’t anticipate this as a possibility?

  15. smgraff4 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    I will say this. If the NHL really wanted to keep Phoenix, it absolutely needed a Spanish-language TV deal, with full-time Spanish language commentary surrounding the Coyotes. The same holds true if the Kings, Ducks, Stars, Sharks, or any team in the Houston area or Florida in general (metropolitan Florida). And you needed to find a way to develop a very Latin American, very attack-minded technical, quick-passing hockey that many old-timers or first-generationers are used to seeing from their home countries–Mexico, Colombia, El Salvador, etc.

    The shame is that the way hockey is broadcasted here (at least by the NBC pundits, and much of the Canadian English-language media, don’t cover the game in a very flamboyant, exciting, emotional way (and a little bit of the let the game develop mentality) that could potentially resonate with Hispanic bases.

    There would have also needed to be a MUCH bigger effort to develop forms of the game that the Mexican-American base in Phoenix could identify with (those that did not jump onto the Coyotes bandwagon), or could be played in Phoenix weather.

    On the NHL side, I am dreaming Bettman moves the Coyotes to Baltimore, just a lot of us would get to hear Gary Thorne call games on MASN.

  16. smgraff4 - Mar 28, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    On the other hand. Seattle, and Quebec are also very natural locations, and awesome locations for the Coyotes, if Baltimore does not get it.

  17. tmoore4075 - Mar 28, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    As Bruce Arthur tweeted last night “The NHL has controlled the Phoenix Coyotes since 2009 without finding a buyer. Be quite a thing if they did it within the month.”

    I just don’t see it happening and the league can’t do this any longer. Four years has surprised I think everyone. If they go to Quebec City, who in all honestly should be #1 on the list all things being equal, then we get to talk about realignment again in probably December! How much would it suck to move to Quebec and they have to play in the Pacific for a year. The Jets thought they had it bad.

    I’ve said it before that this has to happen. Had they been able to find an owner back during the 09-10 season (who didn’t want all kinds of concessions and special deals) maybe they could have salvaged this. But with all the stuff being so public with Goldwater and all of that they have damaged that franchise a lot. It would take a long time to repair it even with the best owner and that man isn’t coming around any time soon. If Jamison couldn’t get the dead done, a guy who has been around the NHL for a while, then not many more guys out there.

    It’ll be Quebec or Seattle. Quebec deserves it first but if they plan to expand they can get more money from them then Seattle. Plus the rumors of the Panthers for sale, there could be another team on the move.

  18. mrpigs - Mar 28, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    Mexico City Yotes

    • smgraff4 - Mar 28, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      More like Club America (HC) (HC standing for hockey club), If only Azteca TV and co wanted to build a hockey equivalent of Estadio Azteca down there, it would be a FUN, but challenging place to play. But there would also have to be the requirement that NHL, or as I properly call it…NAHL (North American Hockey League)…to help the Mexican league that is also down there develop players, and develop their own junior hockey game and the development of hockey players in Mexico,

      In hockey rankings, Mexico plays international hockey close to the very bottom of the IIHF ladder (IIHF Division IIB this time around). So there have to also be some player developing, and hockey development things going on (with a bit of inspiration from their brand of futbol, for Mexican hockey to get off the ground. But I think the NHL team is a great idea–not one that will likely happen–but a great idea for hockey in general.

  19. thailer35 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    This report literally says nothing. No sources given, no details of any kind, purely speculation.

  20. yotesfan61 - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    “Ugh.” – Fan since 96…

    Tried to stay so optimistic up until this point. Always thought they could get a friggin deal done.


  21. glioblastomarunner - Mar 28, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I sure hope that they stay here in Glendale..
    I’m a new fan, two years going now and a season ticket holder.
    I walked in to arena one night after needing a break from taking care of a 52 year old wife with dementia and brain cancer and that night blew my mind.
    I pay a lady 10 bucks an hour to watch my wife with each game and man, it’s worth it.
    The crowds lately have been fantastic anf the enthusiasm of the team and crowd INCREDIBLE.
    The night that they had 17,722, they did that despite competing with a whole valley of baseball teams who also had over 12,000 at their games, ASU vs. AU basketball which had 14,000 fans and the SUNS who had 13,000 fans ….
    I just hope they stay, but I understand business is business.

  22. wethog66 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Quebec deserves a team, no doubt, but how will this work with re-algnment next year? Would totally screw it up. So if the Coyo’s go to QC, what team goes west to at least try and even things out? Detroit? Columbus?

    Makes more sense to find a western conference friendly city for the Coyo’s, like Seattle, and save QC for a team already in the east (Columbus or Florida, preferrably Florida) that could move to QC at some point in the future.

    • wethog66 - Mar 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Thinking over my previous comment, since when does common sense prevail in the NHL? 2 lockouts in 10 years, moving the Jets to AZ in the first place, and giving Atlanta an un-deserved 2nd shot at an NHL franchise are just 3 examples of no common sense from the NHL.

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