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NHL to Glendale: July 2 deadline is no bluff

Jun 29, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

Bill Daly

If Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers thinks the NHL is bluffing about July 2 being the deadline for the city to approve an arena-management deal for the Coyotes, deputy commissioner Bill Daly has a message for him, via Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona.

“He can characterize it the way he wants, but it is what it is,” said Daly. “We either get certainty in Glendale by July 2, or we immediately pursue our other options outside of Glendale. We have already gone past the date we were comfortable accommodating in the first place. I hope for the sake of the Coyotes fans in Glendale that they don’t lose the team because of a miscalculation made by members of the City Council.”

You may recall prior to the Stanley Cup Final when Daly characterized the situation like this: “No decision could be a decision.”

Translation: if the city waffles too long, the NHL will have no choice but to relocate the Coyotes.

Related: Glendale’s new proposal could be a ‘non-starter’

  1. phreakin - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I’m not a hockey fan teally but I live near the arena. Glendale doesn’t want to make a decision, they want the NHL to make it. nobody wants to out pen to paper on the deal here but theyll all say they want the Coyotes to stay. its taken too long to do anything. if they really wanted to keep the team they would. But I’m the same breath it seems any new owner and the NHL wants the city to take it from the rear on any deal and basically pay the owner to buy the team. its absurd either way. like Daly said, no decision is a decision.

    • missthemexpos - Jun 29, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      “Glendale doesn’t want to make a decision” sums up this never ending farce perfectly.

  2. shanesander - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    Quebec would make alot of money for the NHL just saying

  3. esracerx46 - Jun 29, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    I think I speak for a lot of people when I say FINALLY. Finally this franchise will move to a place where someone will buy it and fans will come and all the drama will be over. That is of course if they’re serious this time.

  4. MyTeamsAllStink - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    let them leave Glendale.Youre losing money hand over fist with them there.Its time to cut our losses.NHL you’re only fooling yourselves if you believe Glendale /Phoenix is a viable hockey market.Those fans dressed as empty seats should if shown you that.Time to admit defeat and relocate them to a market that will embrace the NHL and be profitable.

  5. boomer1451 - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    If Tucson is the butthole of AZ, Glendale is most certainly the taint….As a native of AZ (34 years) it’s a shame to see what has gone on & just a bad vision overall to think a stadium could’ve worked on that crap side of town. As a hockey fan, I will be sad to see them go but they all dug their own grave by making terrible decisions from the go.

  6. thailer35 - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I hate that as a hockey fan in Phoenix, I spent all of last summer reading about these pukes Daly and Bettman posturing and threatening to take away my hockey, and now this summer they are doing it again.

    • slickdemetrius - Jun 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      At least you got 2 or 3 summers to read about those pukes taking your team away. I was a Nordique fan and they did jack**** to save my team in this manner.

    • ron05342 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      10,000 of you that bother showing up at the games is the problem in the first place. When L.A. Kings fans outnumber you guys in the Western Conference Finals last season, you know you got issues.

      Might as well pack up the moving vans right now. Point half of the northeast, and point the other half northwest. That way, only half the trucks will have to change their position by about 90º when a decision is made where the team is relocated.

  7. snoqualmieterry - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Seattle wants a NHL team, but the commish is using that knowledge to get Glendale to step up to the plate. The NHL won’t be in Seattle yet. I hope I am wrong

  8. redgreentape - Jun 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    As much as i hate Buttman, He would never admit he was wrong to have the team their. With that being said, the only thing he hates more is for Glendale to say your bluffing. That like poking the bear with a stick.

  9. bellicosejeff - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Bettman didn’t put the team there. NOTHING happens without a vote from the Board of Governors (the team owners). THE LEAGUE moved the team to Arizona. Can’t blame the thought processes behind it either. They’re the 11th highest media market in the U.S.. Ahead of some notable cities like St.Louis and Pittsburgh. However, and for whatever reason, it’s not working out. At some point though something needs to happen. It’s been a train wreck for a while now. I’ll feel bad for hockey fans in the Phoenix area whether Coyotes fans or fans of other teams if they move the Yotes.

    And to anyone talking about how much more money they’ll make in a traditional hockey market. While you are correct. Why do you care? The league is more profitable now than ever, even after several lockouts and a few teams struggling. Unless you’re a team owner getting a cut of league profits I don’t get why this is a concern to you. The NHL owners, like any league, is a rich person’s club. If they agree to share profits to prop up the other teams, then that’s it, they agree to. You or I get no say in it. And if you want to go the “but it’s my money I spend on games and merch that goes there” route, you are wrong. As soon as you buy the tickets or merch it’s THEIR (the league’s) money. They can do do what they want with it.

    Rip me apart if you like, I can take it. Digital balls never scared me.

  10. shanesander - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    with the $44M Bryzgalov is getting with his buyout maybe he could be a minority owner of the Coyotes and keep them in Phoenix LOL

    • gunnyhighway88 - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:34 PM

      Ok, that was kinda funny.

  11. dbara43 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Look folks, the decision is made. Plan B is Seattle. Key Arena dates are blocked out, there’s a group willing to pony up $220 million ($50 million more than RSE) to the league for the franchise, and the arena deal up here will be reworked for hockey first. Keeping the team in the west is also a big conssideration for the league.

    My guess is that Gelndale will balk or not vote at all, and the team will then move to Seattle, maybe by Wednesday.

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