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Bettman to Glendale: Expect something on the table soon

Mar 29, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

Jobing.com Arena

The NHL might announce the relocation of the franchise before the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on the idea of keeping the team in Glendale.

It was recently reported that AltaCorp Capital chairman and CEO George Gosbee has emerged as a prospective bidder. Gosbee is reportedly working with Anthony LeBlanc, who has previously been involved in the Coyotes’ ownership saga, in the hopes that they’ll have a proposal to show the NHL soon.

Although NHL commissioner Gary Bettman hasn’t confirmed Gosbee’s involvement, he did inform Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers that a group of investors are close to acting, according to the Arizona Republic.

“I have been in contact with the NHL and they basically told me that they expect to have something to put on the table in the next week or so, but as of right now, I’ve seen nothing and have heard nothing,” Weiers said.

Meanwhile the Glendale City Council has reached out to Beacon Sports Capital Partners to get bids from management companies interested in handling the city’s negotiations with prospective Coyotes buyers and running the Jobing.com Arena.

This creates a potential race because it raises the possibility of an independent management firm taking over the Coyotes’ home before a potential Coyotes’ buyer does.

“There has to be some process that we need to begin or else we will be perpetually waiting for the proverbial deal to come home,” Assistant City Manager Jamsheed Mehta said.

So, as always, we’ll see what happens next.

  1. ballistictrajectory - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Imagine the city paying a company millions to manage an empty arena…

  2. broadstreetbeatdown - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    For the love of God Bettman. Give it up! Your hockey experiment in the desert has failed. Its been dying a slow miserable death for years now which is quite unfortunate because they have iced some pretty good teams. My guess is they’ll be in QC by next year.

    • nicktriple6 - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM

      Nordiques? Don’t call it a come back.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Mar 29, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      They JUST approved a new realignment with them in the West. I’d think Seattle is a vastly more realistic candiate. .

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 29, 2013 at 3:03 PM

        No way. Bettman wants them in Sacramento.

  3. ruffridin - Mar 29, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Seattle!!!

  4. tmoore4075 - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Even if they have an offer they still need to work on a lease deal for the arena. That’s gonna be easier said than done.

  5. mclovinhockey - Mar 29, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Imagine the rivalries of Montreal, Boston, Toronto and QC…. That’s a lot of hate right there. I miss the good old days.

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