How Many Phoenix Cards Is NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman Holding?

April 2nd, 2010 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »

Over the last few weeks, there has been an endless parade of speculative articles about the future of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Pro-Canada fans are hanging on to every glimmer of information that is dropped like a crumb off the table that the Phoenix Coyotes story will end with a move back somewhere to the North.

But while most pro Canada fans claim that there is a logical, clear path present, in reality the picture is pure murk.  Here are the solid facts:

The NHL doesn't want to keep running the Coyotes indefinitely at a horrendous loss and has set a June deadline, when the arena lease is up to get a local owner.

The city of Glendale will be the biggest loser if no lease and and owner is approved and the NHL will be able to pack up and leave without repercussions.

Only two bidders have emerged with any commitment to Phoenix and they are limited in themselves:

A Canadian-American group called Ice Edge that wants to play five games a year in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and the resuscitated Jerry Reinsdorf wants an out clause if Phoenix doesn't turn a profit in a reasonable time.

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