Hulsizer says he won't change deal

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is said to be in Glendale, Arizona today to work on the sale of the...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is said to be in Glendale, Arizona today to work on the sale of the Coyotes franchise. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency file photo)

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Would-be Phoenix Coyotes owner Matthew Hulsizer says he's not open to changing his deal to purchase the team.

Hulsizer's comments come after word spread a last-ditch effort, with concessions from all sides, could be in the works at a meeting in Glendale, Ariz., today.

"I wouldn't pay more, and shouldn't," Hulsizer told the Globe and Mail. "I don't know why the NHL would cut its price. I don't know about Glendale cutting the bond offering."

Hulsizer was responding to a report in the Phoenix Business Journal that suggested a reworked deal could be on the table, with possible changes including: the City of Glendale reducing the amount it contributes through a bond sale, from $100 million to $70 million; the NHL reducing its $170-million asking price for the franchise; and Hulsizer increasing his contribution from its initial $70 million.

Hulsizer told the Globe and Mail he hadn't heard of the plan, adding there isn't much time to resolve the issues.

"It's a free market, so if someone else wants to step in they should."

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has traveled to Glendale and will be addressing the media before tonight's Coyotes game against Vancouver.


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