Phoenix LXXIII: "This Space Available"
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03-28-2013, 12:12 AM
Join Date: May 2010
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First I hear of Gosbee and his billions of $ though. Maybe this is the last play of the NHL to entice the COG to make a deal.
Perhaps this circus ride will never end. Never.
I think this could be a two-part maneuver. Bettman has a stalking horse to see whether the new city council will offer the same sort of lucrative lease deal as the previous group. I wouldn't be surprised if we see a "take it or leave it" proposition from a new ownership group, that will be every bit as rich as Jamison's, or it might include an early termination option. Signs from the COG are that they wouldn't entertain such a deal, in which case Bettman and the NHL can quickly turn to "Plan B", which would be relocation. I expect that things are going to happen quite quickly now. Dreger tends to spill things only when it suits the NHL and its timetable.
As for Leblanc and IEH, they have already shown a keen interest in managing the Jobing.com arena without the Coyotes.
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