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SBD/June 28, 2013/Franchises
Gary Bettman Says Future Of Coyotes Is Up To Glendale City Council
Published June 28, 2013
EXPLORING OPTIONS: The CP's Stephen Whyno noted Bettman "explained that the NHL has 'lots of options' if the Coyotes must relocate, even if that plan B hasn't yet been ironed out." Bettman: "I find it difficult to conceive of why, if the council turns this down, we would want to keep the team in Glendale any longer. And so we will then, if they turn it down, have to deal with the possibilities and the options that will be available to us, and they are numerous." NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly "didn't want to get into specific cities that could get the Coyotes if keeping the team in Glendale doesn't work out." Asked specifically about Seattle's KeyArena, he said that it could "house an NHL team." Asked about Quebec City being an option, Daly said, "I wouldn't rule it out." He added, "We tried to be clear that obviously there are a number of alternatives, and we have to decide which one is best for us in the short term." Whyno noted the "short term" would begin in '13-14. Bettman and Daly "confirmed there is enough time to move the Coyotes to another city without them playing a lame-duck season in Glendale" (CP, 6/27).