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Prospective Coyotes owner maintains intentions are pure

Jun 20, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

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Clearly, Anthony LeBlanc understands the skepticism. Which is why the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment front man wants to make one thing clear — his group isn’t trying to buy the Phoenix Coyotes with the secret intention of moving the NHL franchise elsewhere.

“We’re not doing this to relocate the team,” LeBlanc told azcentral.com. “If we end up exercising an out clause, it’s going to mean that we lost a whole lot of money. And the way things are trending, we really believe this franchise will be in the middle of the pack in the NHL in terms of revenue generated.”

And all that may be so, but the mere presence of an out clause is naturally going to lead to skepticism (and possibly further franchise instability, even if RSE is successful in its purchase).

Speaking of which, azcentral reports there could be a “snag” in RSE’s negotiations with the City of Glendale. Apparently, the city wants a “new revenue” guarantee from RSE, and that could be a “deal-killer.”

Related: City of Glendale meets; questions remain about Coyotes deal

  1. imleftcoast - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    There’s a great piece in the Seattle Times about the prospective owners under plan b. They are looking at it as a good investment, and believe the market is here for it. Even having to sit in the Key to watch it, it will be thrilling to have it start in September. The city council is a little dubious, but I think they would come around quickly if the NHL moved to plan b.

  2. madtolive5 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    I would like these prospective owners more if their intentions were not pure
    move the team to Canada, Seattle, Milwaukee or Hartford

    • scoocha - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Exactly. I hope the new prospective owner is lying about not moving them eventually.

  3. 48colorrainbow - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Like we haven’t heard this story before.

  4. tmoore4075 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Middle of the pack in terms of generating revenue?? Are you kidding me? I understand you think you can do better there but middle of the pack? They’ve been one of the worst for years.

    • soldierone - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      How many other teams were terrible at one point? Chicago was actually below Phoenix for several years until they won a cup and their bandwagon came back. San Jose was terrible too, and is now one of the most profitable markets….

      Phoenix is going UP without an owner, now they are getting one and things can only get better.

      • adambballn - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Chicago’s sellout streak started in 2008, they didn’t win the cup until 2010. Them getting out of the red had nothing to do with how they were playing hockey and everything to do with their owner not allowing games on television and giving away all of their talent year after year. It wasn’t until he died and his son Rocky witnessed a full United Center boo his dad’s eulogy that a culture change was made in Chicago that resulted in the fans returning to the games. Phoenix and Chicago aren’t comparable… the Chicago fans were always there they just were in hibernation, Phoenix has a terrible stadium location and a low fan base, no comparison.

      • tmoore4075 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:33 PM

        Yes comparing Chicago an original 6 team to a team that has lost money every year they’ve been in Phoenix is a great comparison. Coyotes were ahead of them on the ice but still lost money. Lost money every year they have been there. Did you know Chicago might not make money this year? Did you know the Ducks lost money the year they won the Cup? And Phoenix is somehow going to better those teams? Sorry if I don’t quite have faith in that.

      • slickdemetrius - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

        Soldierone, you are quite adept at pulling crap from your butt and calling it fact aren’t you?
        No clue at all and feels the need to to spew garbage hoping and praying no one will know otherwise.
        Hope you feel like an idiot.

      • kicksave1980 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:30 PM

        Whether Phoenix can make it or not is a different argument, but in response to solderone, you guys talking about the Hawks have no idea what you’re talking about. I know, because I had season tickets when the Hawks were terrrrrible. Yeah, Bill Wirtz dying and Rocky changing the culture of the team had a lot to do with it, but the reason that no one came is because the team wasn’t “sexy” (or good). The team wasn’t on TV in the early 90’s either, but people filled old Chicago Stadium when the Hawks were winning back then, so throw the TV argument in the trash.

        Original 6 doesn’t have anything to do with it either. Like that really matters to anyone other than a marketing department? I bleed Blackhawks black and red, and always have, but to pretend like Chicago has always been Hawks crazy and only staying away in protest to Wirtz is ridiculous. As soon as Belfour, Roenick, Chelios, Larmer, and the core of the 90’s teams left, people in Chicago forgot the Hawks existed for the next decade.

      • kicksave1980 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        And if any fellow Hawks fans care to refute my comments, please tell me where your seats were in the UC during the terrible seasons of 99-04. The place was so empty, we probably met each other once or twice.

  5. soldierone - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Ready to go boycott and complain about Glendale the second they mess this up.

    Anyone wanting them to move should pay attention to recent deals the team is making. Maloney, Tippet, several players (including Doan) all have an out clause in their contracts. If the team moves, they don’t go with it. Let alone Smith isn’t signing with the team if it moves either. So IF the team moves, they will have about a month to put a decent product on the ice. It’s obvious the staff, players, and NHL want the team here, and their opinions matter a lot more than a few people that will never own a team in their life.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:28 PM

      Those clauses wouldn’t be allowed in a players contract, the NHL would have actually voided the deals if they had those clauses.

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