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NHL rejects offer to purchase Coyotes

May 13, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

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The NHL has said thanks but no thanks to a California businessman who recently made an offer to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and keep them in Glendale.

On Friday, Darin Pastor (you can read about him here) submitted a bid to buy the league-owned team.


“The offer is not one that the NHL is interested in pursuing, and we have informed Mr. Pastor of that,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, per Patrick Caisse of TVA Sports.

It’s not clear why the league refused to pursue Pastor’s offer.

An investment group led by Alberta investment banker George Gosbee may be the favorite to buy the club and keep it in the desert.

Related: Glendale’s mayor has never even heard of this Darin Pastor fellow

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 13, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Maybe the nhl will buy them ,,,,,oh thats right they already own a team in pitied pa

    • bru308 - May 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      So you say that you’re done commenting on Pens articles, but you continue to talk about the Pens in other articles that don’t have anything to do with the Pens….

      Aaahhhh, I see what you’re doing there!

    • jjregan21 - May 13, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      There’s only one pitiful team in Pa, and it’s the one that took Phoenix’s vezina candidate and turned him into a joke. Seeing has how you took carcillo for a bit too, I’m sure you’re interested in what other garbage your flyers will take off the Phoenix roster

  2. jcmeyer10 - May 13, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    This is like watching David Stern try to keep the Kings in Sacramento. Go figure Bettman is a Stern disciple.

    • lovinthatsomanyhateonnd - May 13, 2013 at 3:55 PM

      lol not surprising..and the Glendale Mayor isnt helping either..these idiots are complaining about having to pay for an arena that would have NO inhabitant other than a few concerts a year! lol its either lose a little, or lose big with that deal…

    • imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Chris Hansen is going to make Stern look like a hayseed. What they did over the weekend was brilliant. I’d love to see somebody delivery a groin shot to Bettman like that. These guys should be investigated for antitrust violations.

      • hazlydose - May 13, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Anti-trust violations? There are several professional hockey leagues in the United States and Canada. The ECHL, Central Hockey League, AHL, the Federal Hockey League are just a few. Not to mention the major junior leagues that could be considered professional because the players receive a small amount of money for playing. How can it be anti-trust when there are so many other leagues?

  3. devilsarethebest - May 13, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Well, I guess if no one wants them, I`ll take them off their hands.

  4. jcmeyer10 - May 13, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I bet you could get the citizens of Quebec to help move the team equipment bag by equipment bag without nary a protest.

  5. comeonnowguys - May 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Is it just Bettman leading this charge, or is the entire management group of the NHL this petulant and proud?

  6. rushledger - May 13, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Better be a damn good reason they turned this down, I want Phoenix secured.

  7. atwatercrushesokoye - May 13, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    File this one under beggars can be choosers

  8. scoocha - May 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    Why is the NHL so intent on keeping this team in a city that shouldn’t have hockey? What an ego on Bettman. Even if a deal is reached now, in 5 years we’ll be hearing the same complaints as previous ownership. Move the team!

  9. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    There are rumors flying in La Vieille Capitale (the former capital) that an NHL team will inaugurate the new building in 2013.

  10. oquintero99 - May 13, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I’m starting to think that the NHL is using the Yotes for tax purposes *sigh*

    • blomfeld - May 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      @oquintero99 – that’s actually an interesting point … just like the many rich people who pursue tax shields through so-called charitable donations and other fake philanthropic endeavors … it does make you wonder eh ? … on the other hand, you can’t help but laugh at the fact that the Glendale had never even heard of Darin Pastor before ! … too funny ! … why doesn’t Bettman just put the Yotes up for sale on E-Bay or something ? :)

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM

        Is the building ready in Markham? No. So, it’s Quebec, eh!

      • oquintero99 - May 13, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        I lived in the El Paso TX area for several years and we had a hockey team…The El Paso Buzzards…The team folder after 5 yrs (the stadium was/is crumbling). The team was sold on EBAY for a million bucks.

  11. tigerpork - May 13, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    move it to wisconsin!

  12. multiplemiggs - May 13, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Little Rock Arkansas is desperate for a team I heard

  13. navyeoddavee9 - May 13, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    eiggles: who do the Flyers play in round 2?

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