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CFL Argonauts co-Owners Considering Making Bid For Coyotes

Sokolowski Expected To Meet
With Glendale City Officials Monday
CFL Toronto Argonauts co-Owners Howard Sokolowski and David Cynamon are "considering making a bid for the Phoenix Coyotes and plan to meet" with City of Glendale officials next week, according to Waldie & Brunt of the GLOBE & MAIL. Sokolowski and Cynamon "had been linked to Ice Edge Holdings, a group of eight Canadian and U.S. businessmen who have made a pitch for the club." But sources said that their involvement with Ice Edge "ended several weeks ago," and that the two are "now exploring their own options for the club and they have assembled about a dozen financial backers." Sources added that Sokolowski and Cynamon were "never formal members of the Ice Edge but were kept abreast of the group's efforts." Sokolowski is "expected to be in Phoenix on Monday to meet with officials from the City of Glendale." NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly yesterday declined comment on "whether league officials have talked to Sokolowski or Cynamon about a bid" (GLOBE & MAIL, 10/29).

WINNER TAKE ALL: SI.com's Sarah Kwak wrote the "'Field of Dreams' formula for success ... if you build it, they will come; if you win there, they will come back," is a "familiar theme" in Phoenix. Coyotes RW Shane Doan: "I really do believe (the Coyotes) can survive here. But it takes us winning because if you don't win, there are just too many options here in the valley." Coyotes RW Scottie Upshall: "We can't just be an average team this year because ultimately, that's what's going to hurt this franchise, is us not being competitive. Stay competitive, and the fans will come." Upshall added, "I'm sure (creative ways to build a fan base) is something this organization has talked about, but without an owner, you know, it's tough to really get anything together" (SI.com, 10/28).

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