You would think the NHL would expect a little more love from the city of Glendale, Arizona.
During the first intermission of game four of the Stanley Cup final between the Hawks and Bolts in Chi-city, Glendale will commence a special meeting to consider dumping its lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes.
The City claims the Coyotes violated one of the terms of the 15-year-deal. The City pays the team 15 million per year to operate the building, with the team paying Glendale a cut of revenue generated. The Coyotes cut a cheque for $6.5 million last season, which means Glendale is in the hole for $8.5 million.
During the season the building is rarely full. When games involve the visiting Canucks, Jets, Oilers, Flames and Blackhawks, the visiting squad might as well be the home side.
Ownership vows to go to court if the city kiboshes the agreement. So this could take awhile. Or they could just ask the league to re-locate the team to Quebec City or Seattle.
But remember, Gary Bettman wanted to bring shinny to the Sun Belt.
It’s seems like the NHL has put in a lot of time over the last two decades searching for people to own the team. The league owned the team for four years at the end of last decade when the Desert Dogs went into bankruptcy.
Maybe they could move back to Winnipeg and become Jets 2.
With the NHL set to expand just north in Las Vegas, also a city located in a hot, barren region, perhaps it would be ok for Gary to desert this desert in ‘Zona.