Source: Coyotes deal on last legs

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:29 PM ET

A source with knowledge of the negotiations says the deal to save the Phoenix Coyotes is on its last legs.

The source, which requested anonymity, told the Sun Wednesday the arrangement that would see Matt Hulsizer buy the team from the NHL is "on life support."

The tip confirms a report by Sportsnet Radio which said the deal is "all but dead," and that the team will move to Winnipeg when the Coyotes' season is over.

The Fan 590s' Nick Kypreos and Doug MacLean in Toronto said sources tell them the move will be announced the moment the Coyotes are eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I was told last night it wasn't going to fly and they're going to Winnipeg," MacLean said.

Added Kypreos: "That's what we keep hearing. That's all. Anybody can change their mind, but that's what's out there (that this deal is as nearly dead)."

Kypreos said it was coincidental that he and MacLean both reported the same thing at the same time.

"We heard it from different places, believe it or not," said Kypreos. "When (MacLean) said it I had not talked to him about it and he heard what I heard. We both just heard it from completely different places. This did not come from the same source."

Kypreos said he doesn't believe the Coyotes will be back in Phoenix next season.

"The Goldwater Institute is all over this thing, if people aren't wiling to the put the money in, then I just don't see how this deal gets done. I don't know anybody who would be their own money on it (being back)," said Kypreos.

Kypreos said if the Coyotes do move he'd like to see them north of the border.

"I think another Canadian team would be great," said Kypreos. "I don't know the market in Winnipeg well enough (to say if they can support it), but judging by the reaction they can certainly try.


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