Daly: Coyotes deal not at dead end, yet

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly meet media following the NHL's...

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly meet media following the NHL's Board of Governors meeting. (REUTERS/Christinne Muschi)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:24 PM ET

GLENDALE, ARIZ. — If the deal to save the Phoenix Coyotes falls apart, the NHL will not keep the news quiet simply because of a need to sell tickets.

There’s been speculation that with the Coyotes holding down fourth place in the NHL’s Western Conference, and potentially on their way to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the league would keep quiet any news of the demise of its deal with Matt Hulsizer until the team has played its last game.

“Not necessarily,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Sun, Wednesday. “If we feel we have hit a brick wall, we will announce that.”

That dead end isn’t at hand, yet, Daly says, despite the lack of news in recent days.

The City of Glendale is trying to raise $100 million of Hulsizer’s $170-million purchase price through a sale of bonds.

The bond sale has been hindered by threats of a lawsuit from the Goldwater Institute, which says the city is providing Hulsizer with an illegal subsidy.

“As long as we are continuing to work, it suggests that we continue to believe it’s possible we will be able to get something done,” Daly said.

The NHL, which owns the team and has indicated it won’t for another season, has not provided a drop-dead date to complete the deal.

The only alternative appears to be a relocation of the franchise to Winnipeg.


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