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NHL calls latest Coyotes ownership meetings constructive

May 28, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

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Once again, the NHL is attempting to secure an ownership group for the Phoenix Coyotes, with Tuesday’s meetings representing an attempt to hash out a possible deal featuring George Gosbee’s Renaissance Sports & Entertainment group. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly released a statement following what the Arizona Republic reports was a 45-minute meeting.

“We had a number of constructive meetings today with the Mayor, various members of the City Council and the acting City Manager. Everyone involved in today’s discussions shares the desire and ultimate objective of transitioning the ownership of the Coyotes and safeguarding the franchise’s long-term future in Glendale. We expect that representatives from the Renaissance group will begin meeting with the City to see if a mutually agreeable lease arrangement can be forged expeditiously. We will have no further comment pending completion of that process.”

Long story short, Daly indicates that it was a positive meeting, for whatever that’s worth.

Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers was a bit more vague with his read on the proceedings.

“We’re going to look at what they’re wanting to do and see what the council wants to do and go from there,” Weiers said.

Here’s the city’s official statement.

“The City Council will not be making a decision regarding the Coyotes until all pertinent information has been collected and reviewed and all the available options have been thoroughly studied. This includes several bids the city is expected to receive this Friday (May 31) from qualified venue managers interested in operating the city owned Jobing.com Arena. Glendale is committed to moving forward on a plan that is in the best interests of our city and our citizens.”

The Arizona Republic reports that a total of four meetings have been planned, though it’s unclear how many happened today (Daly notes “a number” of them). The city’s release indicates that more could be known by Friday, but we will see.

Hey, at least we know that their GM Don Maloney is locked up for the future and they’re trying to do the same with their distinguished head coach Dave Tippett.

  1. steelers88 - May 28, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    If the Coyotes do move I think should think about relocating them to either Indiana,Indianapolis Seattle Washington, and Oklahoma City.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 28, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      The OKC mayor was on Prime Time Sports about a year ago, he said when they built they arena they were interested in either the nba or NHL, but now that they have the Thunder he doesn’t think that adding an NHL team would be a good idea.

  2. quizguy66 - May 28, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    I was under the impression that there’s some concern about the Pacers staying in Indianapolis. I’m not sure that town’s a big enough market for two winter sports teams regardless, even if Gretzky did make his pro debut with the Racers way back when.

    Pretty sure Seattle is a non-starter in the sense that their arena won’t be built unless they get an NBA tenant first. They would not move forward with an NHL-only arena.

    Oklahoma City has done well with the Thunder, for sure, but again is that a market big enough for a 2nd winter sports franchise? A lot of these places thrive b/c they have the market to themselves (e.g. St. Louis has no NBA team, Sacramento has no NHL team).

    The thorniest issue with the likeliest markets (Quebec City, Markham) is that the conferences are already at a 16/14 East-West balance and that only would exacerbate things. Kansas City has been mentioned as well (and that team would at least fit in the Western Conference) and while it’s a debatable market it does at least have to not worry about NBA competition.

    My gut says that against all odds the NHL is hell bent on not abandoning the Southwest.

    -QG

    • jcmeyer10 - May 28, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      James, the second to last paragraph has verb tense agreement issue. Feel free to delete comment after correction has been made. Not trying to bust your balls, just trying to help.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 28, 2013 at 10:08 PM

      Realignment wouldn’t be that hard to readjust should Markham or Quebec get the Coyotes.

      Just a small shift, either Columbus or Detroit goes to the “central division” and Colorado gets shifted to the “pacific division”

  3. ynothockey - May 28, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Sorry Coyotes will be staying in AZ. Time to find another team to start talking about relocating.

    • jcmeyer10 - May 28, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      They said the discussions were positive. Not, we’ve solve the problems that have been plaguing us for ages. Bettman is continuing to try to fit a round peg in a square hole.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

      As long as Coyote “fans” continue to not show, they will always be a target for relocation, regardless of who owns the team. Just because you find an owner today, doesn’t mean he won’t move the team. See Norm Green.

      • serbvet1 - May 30, 2013 at 12:36 AM

        All the comments about why Phoenix is a bad market for the NHL all are based on attendance and attendance only. This argument is somewhat pointless. This is not the reason this team lost money. It is a part of the issue but not the entire issue. With no ownership, and poor ownership under Moyes, Ellman and Burke, this team is poorly marketed and is lacking sponsorship. This contributed to lower revenue as compared to team with solid ownership like the Blackhaws, Bruins, Rangers, etc. This will change with solid ownership. Also to compare the Phoenix metro area to larger (substantially to Phoenix) markets is also not a solid argument. I would hope that Chicago, Boston, New York, LA with a huge population base would fill a 18K-21K arena.. Also for smaller markets like Winnepeg, Edmonton, Calgary, etc. these markets are traditional hockey markets. Phoenix is not. Besides these cities have no other major sports franchises that would compete with the NHL Phoenix does.

        This team is a success if you look at the product they put on the ice- especially under the direction of the NHL.

        The NHL will keep the team in Phoenix. It is thinking long term- not short term. The NHL is banking on Phoenix blossoming into a better market with good ownership. The other issue is that the NHL would have to renegotiate a huge NBC television contract if they lost a team in the Phoenix market only to move it to Quebec.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 1, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Calgary have no other sports teams?

        Try the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Edmonton Eskimos, and Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. Canada’s version of the NFL.

        The reason smaller cities in Canada have fan support is because the NHL is Canada’s version of the NFL. Just like smaller cities in the US can support a football team, such as Green Bay.

        The NHL would not have to renegotiate their deal with NBC just because Phoenix. Did the NHL have to renegotiate their deal with TSN when Winnipeg moved to Phoenix? Or when Quebec moved to Colorado? No.

  4. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 28, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    So when is the NHLPA going to get involved and ask why are they passing up on 300M in HRR if the team was in Quebec or 500M HRR in Southern Ontario over the next 5 years by staying in the desert?

    • jcmeyer10 - May 28, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      Rarely do we agree but this is one of those times.

  5. multiplemiggs - May 28, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Indiana, Indianapolis … LMAO

  6. multiplemiggs - May 28, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    I am sorry but the NHL and Gary Bettman are IDIOTS for what they did to fixing the already un-broken divisions. Adding more teams to Canada will only hurt the NHL in the US market. People already don’t watch because of the amount of Canadian teams. My questions is, how come Salt Lake City, Utah and Portland, Oregon are never considered for getting NHL teams? Sorry but they promoted the hell out of the Islanders Kansas City pre-season game and 4,000 people showed up. That’s an embarrassment. I don’t care what NHL teams were playing or how bad they were, if they really wanted a team they would have showed up to the game. Too bad for them, their loss. The Seattle arena will NOT get an NBA team first so I dont see why they wouldn’t want an NHL team first in the meantime if they really want the arena built. The group trying to build the arena and bring the NBA Kings there Tweeted they were sorry to the fans and will have to pray and wait for NBA expansion. An NHL team could thrive there.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 28, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      The Canadian teams are carrying the NHL, 17 out of 30 teams made a profit last year, 7 of those teams were from Canada, not to mention that the new Canadian tv contracts will be a huge source of revenue for the league going forward, the Aerican deal?….not so much. Maybe you don’t like Canadian teams but the NHL is a dead league without them.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - May 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      fixing the un-broken divisions? Are you effing kidding me?

      Winnipeg sure belongs playing division road games in Florida, Tampa, Washington, and Carolina.

      Minnesota who travels further than Winnipeg did going to the aforementioned “division” roa d games.

      Dallas who plays the majority of their division road games 2 time zones away

      Yeah, realignment sure didn’t need to happen. We get it, that your probably a fan of a east coast team, who God forbid might have to travel a couple more miles for the greater good of the league.

  7. pastabelly - May 28, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I am not from Canada, but have no problem seeing more teams in Canada. What I don’t like is the NHL being in markets it doesn’t belong in. I am trying to figure out in whose reality does Glendale, Arizona make more sense than Quebec.

    • dirt2013 - May 29, 2013 at 4:48 AM

      Does Quebec in the western conference sound good to you? There is no way you get Detroit or Columbus to go to the west again.

  8. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    The only 2 teams that need to be moved at the moment are the Coyotes (if we can ever get lucky) and the Islanders (taken care of going to Brooklyn, maybe). Everyone else is drawing fans.

  9. tmoore4075 - May 29, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    I’m guessing they need to get this resolved pretty quickly. If they don’t get the lease taken care of in the next…week? Maybe a little longer they need to look elsewhere. I don’t know if the NHL can continue there with a possibility of a deal getting done with the city. They need it to be 100% done. I just hope this is done soon, one way or another.

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