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from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,

A window is open. The fresh scent of optimism is in the air. There’s a growing hope that the Coyotes could land a new owner by the end of next week.

Wouldn’t that be a fitting 100th birthday present for the state of Arizona?

For now, there are only whispers. But Jerry Colangelo hears potential buyers are “milling around.” Former NHL star Jeremy Roenick said he’s been approached by Greg Jamison, the former San Jose Sharks CEO who is trying to raise sufficient funds. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman recently said there’s a third party involved, joining the Jamison Group and Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf.

One source said this third party is not only very real, but extremely wealthy and spending serious money on due diligence. That’s a great sign. And you can’t help but notice the renewed faith in the voice of Coyotes coach Dave Tippett.

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IF the Coyotes move one location preparing for the NHL and NBA is Seattle. The Mayor and County Executive announced yesterday a joint proposal to finance a 490 Million dollar arena next to Safeco Field. This deal requires no new taxes and the developer would be responsible for getting the teams in place. Here is a link to the story.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2017525119_arena17m.html

Posted by timbits on 02/17/12 at 12:45 PM ET

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Is this Groundhog Day, the movie?  I see one of these articles trotted out by a reporter every 2 months in Arizona.  Some “extremely wealthy” individual who is “spending serious money on due diligence” is going to keep the team in Phoenix.  Whatever happened to the midgets drop dead date of December 2011 to keep the team in Phoenix.  Everything is a moving target with this league.  I’m sure he realizes that the later this goes, the less money the franchise will fetch.
Timbits, I think you’re on to something.  A friend of mine was at the game in Glendale against the Blackhawks, and 2 camera crews from Seattle news stations were in the building.

Posted by wolverine on 02/17/12 at 12:49 PM ET

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I don’t know about Seattle’s viability as a market, it seems sketchy.

I do know that with the Sonics gone now, it seems a bit more feasible than before.

Posted by Primis on 02/17/12 at 01:10 PM ET

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I think Seattle would work very well. There’s also that whole “natural potential rivalry with Vancouver” thing going on, as well as a bit of hockey history in the area.

Best of all, they don’t have to alter the divisions.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 02/17/12 at 04:02 PM ET

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Whoever is the sucker du jour in these stories is irrelevant.  The Quebec Coyotes are just resting in the desert until the league realizes the error of its ways.

Doc

Posted by DocF from Now: Lynn Haven, FL; was Reidsville, NC on 02/17/12 at 04:58 PM ET

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It’s a group of senior Citizens.  they’re retired and need something to do.  OOps sorry that was Slapshot another fictitious tale.  LOL

Posted by 13 user names on 02/17/12 at 05:19 PM ET

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Dan Bickley is our Mitch Albom. Only writes a column on the Coyotes every six months or so…
The article says nothing, no advancement on the topic, blah blah blah
Same as the Canadian media, you hear the same story…

But in some breaking news, the word on twitter is that Jamison has been approved by the NHL as an owner and financially to purchase the Coyotes. The city still has a say in this, so nothing is final, but its close.

Posted by aaron in phoenix from Section 102 on 02/18/12 at 12:37 AM ET

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But in some breaking news, the word on twitter is that Jamison has been approved by the NHL as an owner and financially to purchase the Coyotes. The city still has a say in this, so nothing is final, but its close

That would be great news and a good owner.

Posted by timbits on 02/18/12 at 12:50 AM ET

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