It’s All Over For Winnipeg, Coyotes to Stay in Phoenix

May 11th, 2010 by Steve Thompson Leave a reply »
The Phoenix Coyotes will remain in Phoenix for at least one more season.  Three different sources confirmed that last night.

First, the Glendale City Council agreed to cover the NHL's potential debts up to $25 million.

Then NHL Vice President, Bill Daly, confirmed that the team would remain in Phoenix.

Finally, during the second intermission from Vancouver, on Canadian television, Commissioner Gary Bettman stated that the NHL would continue to try and make a go of it in Arizona.  He also said that both bidders, Jerry Reinsdorf, and Ice Edge would continue to battle it out, and it seemed that Reinsdorf had the inside track.

This is the latest turn in a soap opera that only 24 hours ago had the Coyotes returning to Winnipeg by default.

I have mixed feelings about the news.  Naturally, I would be happy to have another team in Canada, but while Winnipeg is a much better hockey market than Phoenix, it was not the best choice to relocate a team.

If Kansas City's arena were located in Winnipeg, I'd change my position and say that Winnipeg is the best city in North America for a returned franchise.

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