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Second Investment Group Emerges In Coyotes Saga; Looking To Close This Week
Published April 1, 2013
FIND YOURSELF A CITY TO LIVE IN: In N.Y., Jeff Klein wrote Quebec and Seattle are the "only cities considered to be serious contenders" if the Coyotes were to relocate. Quebec would "seem to be the best bet, because it has an ownership group led by" Quebecor Media President & CEO Pierre-Karl Peladeau, as well as an 18,000-seat arena "under construction." But a Quebec franchise would put 17 teams in the Eastern Conference and leave "only 13 in the West, throwing the league’s trumpeted realignment plan into disarray." Some believe the NHL also is "leery of putting a team in Quebec, with a metropolitan population of about 765,000." Meanwhile, Seattle has a metro area "more than four times larger than Quebec's," and is "courting" the NBA Kings (N.Y. TIMES, 3/31).