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Canucks' Aquilini Family Offered To Buy Coyotes Before Chapter 11
Published September 2, 2009
|Aquilini Family Was Interested In
Buying Coyotes Last Year
FIGHTING ON: In Toronto, Kevin McGran notes the NHL "threw a few more punches yesterday in arguing it's too late for the Coyotes to move to Hamilton this season," and the league "took umbrage with the notion it wasn't doing as Balsillie had asked in making a second schedule with Hamilton as the home for the club." The NHL in a brief filed last night said, "There is something sad ... about Mr. Balsillie's inability to grasp the plain fact that it is his conduct, insensitivity, perceived lack of trustworthiness and unwillingness to accept responsibility for his own actions over several years that has caused the NHL Board of Governors to wish to not be associated with him in the business of professional hockey" (TORONTO STAR, 9/2). A TORONTO STAR editorial notes the NHL, "in submitting its own bid for the Coyotes," reserved the right to "move the franchise after one year." The destinations reportedly "preferred by the NHL" are Las Vegas and K.C. The editorial: "So the NHL ... is throwing every legal roadblock at its disposal to prevent a move of the team back to Canada. Shamefully going along with the league are the owners of the other Canadian teams." Canadian fans are the "losers as a result" (TORONTO STAR, 9/2).