Hypothetical: What would CBJ do if Coyotes disappear?
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07-31-2012, 11:32 AM
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To the original question - if a retraction happens, I would hope it would work like the NHL draft - with the first pick, you take the best player available, regardless of position. Or, at least, the best long-term option in this scenario; and that would be Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
To the topic - if Phoenix folds, Gary Bettman (and the NHL) would be admitting a long-term defeat, which would honestly make them look like the bumbling morons that they can be. They have fought for keeping the Coyotes in Phoenix for a number of years (
Jim Balsillie's offer doesn't look so bad right now,
I'm guessing?), and letting the team fold would be admitting that this was the wrong thing to do.
My guess is that the NHL manages the team for another season, and if by that point cannot find another local buyer, the team is shipped off to the highest bidding city.
His offer was never the question, his character was. His prior actions poisoned any chance that he would be accepted as an owner and the recent financial troubles of his company may now have made his position even less positive.
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