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Can Glendale make a decision on the Coyotes by June 25?

Jun 13, 2013, 2:43 PM EDT

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“No decision could be a decision” is how NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly put it Wednesday.

What he meant is this: If the city of Glendale doesn’t get an arena-management deal done soon with the latest prospective owners of the Phoenix Coyotes, the NHL will be forced to relocate the franchise for next season.

How soon does a decision need to be made? Well, the City Council is set to meet on June 25, and the NHL Board of Governors convenes June 27.

“Stuff’s gonna happen,” said commissioner Gary Bettman yesterday.

“Obviously we’re getting to the point where some decisions are going to have to be made, both by the city of Glendale and by us. We haven’t set a deadline, but the time is getting shorter.”

Which brings us to this:

For Coyotes fans, that’s not good.

Obviously, this is a massive decision for the cash-strapped city. It’s believed the Renaissance Sports & Entertainment group is looking for around $15 million a year to manage Arena if it buys the club. Four bidders recently proposed to manage the rink without an NHL tenant.

“I could easily see this going into July,” Sherwood told The Republic. “I’m a little embarrassed that we haven’t been better prepared.”

June 25 may not be the official deadline for Glendale, but for scheduling reasons (not to mention, this just can’t keep dragging on), the NHL will need to be quite certain a deal is going to get done if it waits on the city any longer.

“No matter how this plays out, I don’t think anybody can accuse us of kind of (taking) a grass-is-greener approach to this,” Daly said. “We’ve been committed to this market; we’ve done everything humanly possible to make this franchise work in this market, and now’s the time we’re going to find out whether that works.”

  1. jaguar0413 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Quebec City on line 1!

    • kingcobraman - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      more likely Seattle, on line 2

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      Do you think CBJ or Wings will have to move back to te WC if Yotes move to Quebec?

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        I think either would go back to the Western Conference, but begrudingly. Probably Columbus would. Remember, unlike the fans, most owners want what is good for the league, not their own individual franchise, in most instances.

        If Columbus (or Detroit) head back to the West, it would be easy because you then kick Colorado into the “pacific” division to replace Phoenix.

    • patmanbnl - Jun 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM

      Quebec is the best option if they have to move this summer. Unlike Seattle they have already broken ground on a new arena that should be ready in 2 years and their current building is a much better temporary home then Key Arena. If Seattle gets an NBA team and a new building it’s very likely they get a relocation/expansion team in the future.

      • imleftcoast - Jun 13, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        If we’d gotten the Kings, I think the Coyotes would be coming. Without the NBA, the arena deal is up in the air. I’d have to agree that Quebec City or Hamilton have a better shot.

  2. thegonz13 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Seriously, this joke has gone on far too long. Bettman is too stupid/stubborn to admit moving a team here was a huge mistake.

    • kicksave1980 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:33 AM

      So Bettman was responsible for the ownership group in Winnipeg selling the Jets to Phoenix? Thumb me down all you want, and I’m not a big fan of Gary Bettman for a lot of reasons, nor am I a Coyotes fan, but he does what the owners want him to do. If the majority of owners were ringing his phone off the hook trying to get him to leave Phoenix, it would have happened long ago.

  3. 24/7 Hockey - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    At this point the town council hasn’t shown they want a team in the city. The citizens have by showing up to games at an unprecedented rate for the team this year but their elected officials haven’t. It’s time for the NHL to stick to one of their deadlines of whether or not the team is leaving so the teams management is not left out to dry and can finally have an owner backing them whether that is in Phoenix or elsewhere.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 13, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      You call an average of 13,932 fans per game unprecedented? Only the Islanders were worse.

      You can an average of 81.3% full unprecedented? Only Columbus was worse.

      • 24/7 Hockey - Jun 13, 2013 at 11:27 PM

        For Phoenix yes that was a great improvement on previous years. They also saw there local tv ratings go up and securing ownership would help bring more fans to the rink as they would see a stable franchise.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:29 AM

        If you truly think fans don’t show up because of ownership issues?

        Then I have some Oceanside property in Arizona to sell you.

        Nobody showed up when they had ownership

  4. Anoesis - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    This year? Ha! After all this time the NHL should’ve gotten the message that the city of Glendale doesn’t care if the ‘Yotes go. Bettman is as hard-headed as the city council is unresponsive. Glendale won’t decided anything by the 25th and Bettman likely will simply set yet another drop-dead date that won’t be honored by anyone involved. As usual the fans and players are left in limbo with the impression that no one is manning the helm.

  5. pirovash88 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Dang, maybe we’ll see a new Hockey Club in Seattle. Seattle Coyotes sounds weird though..

  6. pmonte3122 - Jun 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Hartford calling!

    • jaguar0413 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      Long live the Whale! Cue up that Brass Bonanza baby!

  7. tmoore4075 - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    I read this article earlier. They’re done. I’ll be shocked if somehow this gets done.

    I think Quebec is the easiest choice but plenty of reports of Seattle. My guess is Seattle gets the team. A couple years from now, when the NHL and NHLPA said they would revisit this realignment they will announce that Quebec City and Markham will be getting teams. The NHL will go move Detroit and Colombus back to the Central/Midwest and the Avs to the Pacific and we’ll have 4 divisions of 8 and a straight divisional playoff with no wild card stuff. That’s my guess. Wouldn’t be against seeing a team back in QC next year though.

    • comeonnowguys - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      I really hope for that scenario.

  8. canucks30 - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    And boom goes the dynamite

  9. mfinneran - Jun 13, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Enough already, move!

  10. x50cal - Jun 13, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    CoG is a bunch of losers!

  11. kicksave1980 - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Seattle’s NBC affiliate was showing “Inside Edition” last night instead of game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  12. buffalomafia - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:14 AM

    Move them already!!!!

  13. 2qswing - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Jackets ticket holder here. The teams entire marketing effort this off-season is ” the battle moves east” I upgraded my plan to see more east teams. So did a lot of others. A move back west would not sit well.

  14. MannySilvers - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    The have to move, this has gone on long enough. My personal vote for relocation would be Portland, OR. They have the Rose Garden, they have the Winterhawks who have always done very well attendance wise, and they wouldn’t have as many other sports to compete with (no NFL, MLB).

    • pdxhawky - Jun 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      An NHL team in Portland will never happen as long as Paul Allen owns the Rose Garden. He sees hockey as competition to his sacred NBA franchise. There’s a reason why the Winterhawks want to renovate the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and call that venue their home. I would LOVE to have the NHL in Portland, but the obstructionist PA must go first.

  15. proudliberal85392 - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:35 PM

    As a long time Coyotes season ticket holder, I can unequivocally say Go. Don’t go. Whatever.

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