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SBD/August 6, 2013/Franchises
New Coyotes Owners Insist Franchise Won't Relocate; Rebrand Set For '14-15 Season?
Published August 6, 2013
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|Anthony LeBlanc||RSE Principal|
|George Gosbee||AltaCorp Capital Chair & CEO|
|Scott Saxberg||Crescent Point Energy President & CEO|
|Craig Stewart||RMP Energy Exec Chair|
|W. David Duckett||Plains Midtsream Canada President|
|Gary Drummond||Pine Cliff Energy Corporate Dir|
|Bill Dutton||Former Upton Resources Chair|
|Avik Dey||Remvest Energy Partners President & CEO|
|Robert Gwin||Anadarko Petroleum Corp. CFO, Exec President|
|Daryl Jones||Hedgeye Risk Management Dir Of research|
CRYSTAL BALL: In Ottawa, Bruce Garrioch writes the sale "came in the nick of time for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who was getting heat from some governors to get a deal done." Bettman was "bound and determined to keep the franchise in Arizona" because of the large Phoenix TV market. The new owners yesterday posted a video on the team's website with the words “Here to Stay," which may be due to the fanbase "having [a] hard time believing the Coyotes will last in Phoenix" (OTTAWA SUN, 8/6). SPORTING NEWS' Sean Gentille wrote under the header, "Phoenix Coyotes Have Owners -- Now, Do They Have Fans?" (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 8/5). In New Jersey, Andrew Gross writes yesterday was a "good day for the NHL" as the Coyotes "finally know where they’ll be playing for the foreseeable future." While the deal keeps the Coyotes from relocating, "the time is right for the NHL to expand, something it hasn't done since 2000." Seattle "shouldn't have to wait much longer" (Bergen RECORD, 8/6).