Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 06/19/13 at 01:10 PM ET
We know that the NHL's general managers are meeting in Boston today, and will discuss the competition committee's proposed rule changes. We also know that the Glendale City Council is supposed to meet on June 25th to determine the Phoenix Coyotes' fate.
Well, Fox Sports Arizona's Craig Morgan reported that the City Council won't be voting on the Coyotes' lease on the 25th...
And, via Pro Hockey Talk's Jason Brough, the delay throws a huge wrench in things, because the Arizona Republics Paul Giblin reports that the NHL's Board of Governors are going to both rubber-stamp the rule changes approved by the GM's and conduct pre-summer meetings on June 27th (3 days before the draft).
The fact that the Glendale City Council's debate over the Coyotes' fate has gotten bitter, yielding some serious-ass delays that may or may not push the NHL to simply move the team to Seattle.
Along-awaited proposal by the prospective owners of the Phoenix Coyotes intended to keep the team in Arizona generated a mostly lackluster response by the Glendale City Council on Tuesday evening....
After the meeting ended, some council members said additional negotiations will be needed before the council will be ready to vote on the matter. A delay could complicate matters. NHL executives said they had hoped the council members would vote, or at least give a strong indication of their preference, before a scheduled NHL Board of Governors meeting on June 27.
But a decision by the council before that date seemed remote on Tuesday.
The issue before the council focuses on a management agreement for Jobing.com Arena, a city-owned facility where the Coyotes have played since 2003. Renaissance has reached an agreement to buy the league-owned franchise from the NHL, but that agreement is contingent upon Renaissance reaching an arena-use agreement with Glendale.
City officials have budgeted $6 million a year for an outside firm to manage the hockey and concert venue. Renaissance executives would like to secure the management rights, but the terms they’ve offered are complex, city spokeswoman Julie Watters said.
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