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Glendale City Council’s delays in determining Coyotes’ fate are worrisome

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.

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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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phillyd's avatar

Just move them to Seattle already and be done with it. Any interest from the group that put up for the Sacramento Kings in owning an NHL team?

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 06/19/13 at 02:34 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

If this management group gets ahold of the team and keeps it in Phoenix (Glendale), it wont be long before the NHL finds itself in the exact same mess.  Send the team to Seattle where its obviously wanted, and leave the retirees to their suburban graveyard.

If the team can be competitive, shouldn’t be hard to market a borderwars series with Vancouver, and bingo you have one of the NHL’s coveted “rivalries.”

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/19/13 at 03:06 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Just move them to Seattle already and be done with it. Any interest from the group that put up for the Sacramento Kings in owning an NHL team?

Posted by phillyd from Southern New Jersey on 06/19/13 at 02:34 PM ET

Yup, to the first part.

And Maloof?  Who knows.  The guy missed some loan payments and was forced to divest himself of the Palms Casino Resort.  He gave up 98% of the property, but retains 2% and stays on the management board.  He also sold the Sac Kings to clean up his financial sheets.  I don’t think Maloof has any kind of interest at the moment in owning another pro team.  That could change if the right opportunity shows up.

Posted by SYF from hatrick's "...broken bone bone..." on 06/19/13 at 03:08 PM ET

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Being 3 miles from the stadium I really hope they stay.

If this management group gets ahold of the team and keeps it in Phoenix (Glendale), it wont be long before the NHL finds itself in the exact same mess.  Send the team to Seattle where its obviously wanted, and leave the retirees to their suburban graveyard.

If the right group came in and managed the team properly it would be profitable.  Phoenix is a huge market.  The stadium honestly isn’t that far away for most people (especially considering EVERYTHING is an hour drive in Phoenix metro area).  The location is a great location. 

There is support for hockey in the valley as well.  80%+ of the people here are from other places in the country where hockey is popular.  The biggest issues have been how the team is marketed as well as how the team has been run. 

Well either way, as a citizen of Glendale, I suppose it might be in my best interest if they left.  Or not.  Who the @#$@# knows.

Posted by neffernin on 06/19/13 at 04:07 PM ET

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