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Have The Coyotes Played Their Last Home Game?

from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,

Coyotes COO Mike Nealy voiced confidence the franchise would be back in Glendale next season.

“This is a hockey town. You guys make it a hockey town,” said an emotional Nealy during the first period of the game. “The NHL belongs here. See you next year.”

Still, the Coyotes were selling all merchandise at arena shops for 40 percent off and have let their in-store stock of jerseys run out. Arena ushers, staff and fans were all wondering whether it is the last game for this year’s NHL season or the end of the franchise’s tenure in Arizona.

The team does have season ticket prices listed for the 2013-14 season if the team stays in Phoenix.

So what happens next?

In 2011, the Atlanta Thrashers were sold on May 31 to a group that moved the team over the summer to Winnipeg. That sale came just as the Stanley Cup Finals started. It also gave the group time to gear up operations in Winnipeg and for the league to get its schedule for the next season in order. Atlanta also lost a franchise to Calgary in 1980.


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Primis's avatar

I certainly hope they’ve played their last game in Glendale.

I’m tired of all the pointless messing around there.  It would be tremendous if they’d sell and move the Coyotes to Seattle, Kansas City, or Houston (who now is totally open for hockey)... if Doan retired so the franchise could assume a new identity… and everyone could then just move on with life outside of the abysmal failure on all levels in Phoenix and the new team could forge their own path.

It’d also open Phoenix back up to the AAA hockey, which historically would seem to match very well.  LA could go back into Phoenix for their farm like they once were, or one of the other two Cali teams depending on if Cali teams move up from the ECHL or not.  At some point the AHL is going to get an actual Pacific & Mountain division.

Posted by Primis on 04/27/13 at 11:02 AM ET

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