Glendale pays debt to NHL

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Winnipeg, MB - The City of Glendale has paid its debt to the National Hockey League.

The Winnipeg Free Press reported on Tuesday that Glendale, which the Phoenix Coyotes call home, has sent the $25 million it owes the league for operating costs during the 2010-11 season.

According to the paper, the NHL presented a bill to the city, and requested that the sum be paid by Monday night, and the paper cites additional sources saying that it was paid off.

The Coyotes, who came to Arizona from Winnipeg in 1996, have spent the last two years embroiled in a battle to remain in the Phoenix area ever since then- owner Jerry Moyes announced he was going to declare bankruptcy.

Speculation grew in recent weeks that the franchise stood a good chance to return to its original city. The Jets called Winnipeg home from its 1972 inception in the World Hockey Association, and from its acceptance in the NHL for the 1979-80 season through the 1995-96 campaign.

Despite the turmoil, the Coyotes reached the playoffs the past two season but lost to Detroit both times in the first round.


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