Bettman to announce Coyotes deal: Reports

Phoenix Coyotes Martin Hanzal, centre, high fives Gilbert Brule as the Coyotes celebrate defeating...

Phoenix Coyotes Martin Hanzal, centre, high fives Gilbert Brule as the Coyotes celebrate defeating the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Jobing.com Arena on April 29, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP)

Chris Stevenson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:52 AM ET

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman could to be here Monday to announce a tentative sale of the Phoenix Coyotes by the league to a group headed by San Jose Sharks executive Greg Jamison.

As reported by QMI Agency and ESPN.com May 3, it appears a deal is imminent to keep the team in Glendale.

There were reports early Monday morning by The Phoenix Business Journal, Fox 10 News in Phoenix and The Fourth Period Magazine that a deal would be announced as early as Monday.

As Coyotes COO and president Mike Nealy told QMI Agency and ESPN.com Thursday: “I’m planning for next year, we’re renewing tickets, we’re making plans for next year and, so, I fully expect it. I know it’s not a guarantee, but I would say I’d put a high probability on it,” he said in an interview outside the Coyotes dressing room Thursday.

Nealy said “things are moving quickly” to conclude a sale of the team to a group headed by Jamison.

“Next week is a possibility,” said Nealy. “As far as the city of Glendale, they certainly are shooting to be able to do something early next week. They have a council meeting scheduled for Tuesday and they’d like to do that. Certainly the NHL wouldn’t have anything against that. So if those three pieces can come together and that’s all in the mix, it could happen. Things are moving pretty quickly and a lot of work is being done. I wouldn’t be shocked if we saw something next week. I wouldn’t be panicked if it didn’t happen, but I’m looking for the near term.”

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