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02-19-2013, 10:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Whileee View Post
I think that the NHL owes Glendale, in a big way. I think that they were in a bind with Balsillie's gambit, and Glendale chose to support the NHL. In the video linked from the BoH, Judge Baum mentions that he explicitly asked Glendale counsel as to whether they would like to take a recess to consider Balsillie's offer of $50 million. He also noted how badly this worked out for Glendale when the NHL then dinged them for another $50 million to cover operating losses. This was all to the NHL's benefit. I think that they should have sucked it up, applied the Atlanta-Winnipeg transfer fee, dropped the price to $90-100 million, and seen if they could get a good owner on a long-term lease. They never did that, which is why the math has never worked. I am frankly quite surprised that there hasn't been more made of this in the media (especially in AZ). If the NHL never drops the price and then sells for relocation, then I think the NHL will have shamefully messed with Glendale. I know that this hasn't been a tradition in this saga, but I think it's time for Coyotes fans, Glendale and the local media to turn up the heat on the NHL.
I agree with your post but I think that ship has come and gone. All of these tire kickers wasted everyone's time and whether or not the NHL planned it that way is not even relevant anymore.

From my opinion, I think Phoenix would be a better long term investment and it would work here. Places like QC are great at first but I doubt they can keep up the fever they say they have if they get a team. I give them 7 years maybe then they'll start to feel the pain. Not wishing that on them at all because losing a team sucks. You can have a rich owner but that doesn't keep people going to games.

The local media has flubbed up so many times on the Coyotes. Including reporting deals that are 'done' to stories that seem completely fabricated. I think if one sports caster decided to dig into what has gone on and what is really going on, like a pitbull, that person would gather quite a lot of attention. It's almost like everyone is afraid to ask hard questions. Not necessarily about any deal specifically but that Plan B, C and so on is for the team. We can all say 'it's obvious' what the next steps are but that rarely turns out to be true in this never ending saga.

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