Phoenix LXXIII: "This Space Available"
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04-01-2013, 07:09 PM
Join Date: Feb 2012
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... as of today the Coyotes have either 12 or 13 games left to play, more or less neck & neck with Dallas for the last Playoff Spot however, it being hockey, anything can happen. They could easily get in & cause some damage, go deep if they get it together & the Stars continue to struggle. So if they do make it into the post season does the NHL announce the teams departure after their elimination or while its happening? That would be a huge negative taking away from the Stanley Cup, and it might also be one if the Coyotes miss the Playoff's, an announcement made either just before the last game or perhaps during the lull between the last game & the Playoffs. Because of all the Muddy Watters here, I dont think the NHL wants to notify anyone in advance. Just get out of town as quickly and as quietly as possible in order to minimize bad press, reporters etc who with lead time knowing the teams a goner will perform full cavity autopsies on the league, lack of performance, lies & failures in Arizona. The leagues strategy likely being that the good news of wherever getting a team drowning out the criticism they deserve & earned in spades in Glendale. Not unlike the Atlanta situation really. The damage localized to a large extent with quick amputation, relocation.
While they are only 3 points out they are in a tailspin. So if they blow this homestand its hard to imagine they will get back into the mix. Thats why I said, its possible after this week we may hear something.
As far as the bad press, it won't matter. We've seen lots of teams move over the past 30 years in the 4 major team sports. Only the Expos in Montreal and the Thrashers were driven by attendance issues and not venue issues. At the end all the leagues continued to grow and the anger of the moves faded outside of the markets that lost teams. The only real impact of abandoning Glendale is that cities will either be more resistant to paying for venues, but at this point only Detroit is negotiating for one and Calgary is the only other one needing an upgrade in the next 5-10 years, or they will make the NHL co-sign a lease like Edmonton did for the Oilers.
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