by PuckStopsHere on 03/27/12 at 06:45 PM ET
It seems likely that the Phoenix Coyotes will be moving at the end of the season. They have played nearly three seasons since they went into bankruptcy and the NHL bought them. The city of Glendale, Arizona has been subsidizing their operation and that is going to come to an end at the end of the season. I think it is a safe assumption that they won’t be in Phoenix again next year. The uncertainty of the situation has kept Coyote fans away at the box office. They have the lowest attendance in the NHL.
Last season we saw the Atlanta Thrashers suddenly move to Winnipeg when the Atlanta financial situation crumbled. It looks like the same is on the verge of happening in Phoenix.
I think the solution is a move to Quebec City. It is the best available market for a transferring NHL team. They are building a new NHL ready arena.
The latest news is a player on the team has reportedly been asked to learn to speak French.
We know the Phoenix situation cannot last. We know the NHL tries to keep information of moving teams under wraps until the last possible minute. The Quebec market is open and is acting as though it will get an NHL team. Pieces of information are leaking out that look like there will be hockey there next year. I am going on record now saying I think the Phoenix Coyotes will play in Quebec next season.
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