Here’s a thought: Instead of fighting to keep the Coyotes in Glendale – as some have seemingly since their inception – how about just relenting, admitting hockey doesn’t work in Arizona, and move the team to a city where it will work?
Team co-owner Anthony Leblanc says they will fight the city of Glendale on their decision to rip up a 15-year contract with the team after only two years, but really, what’s the point?
NHL fans have stood idly by, some not as quietly, watching the league’s Arizona experiment fail with embarrassing attendance year after year, unstable ownership, and some god awful jersey designs.
The team’s run to the 2012 Conference Finals now seems like a distant memory, and players like Shane Doan who have been so loyal to the organization even seem to be reaching the end of their rope.
To its credit, there does exist a small pocket of diehard hockey fans in Arizona, the kind that pledge their allegiance to the Yotes, but that’s just what they are: a small pocket of diehard hockey fans.
Keeping the team in the desert has not and continues to not make sense, not when there are waiting markets like Seattle, Quebec, and even Las Vegas who could prove to be more viable cities for hockey growth.
Even if the Coyotes win this upcoming legal battle against the city of Glendale, they’re only postponing the inevitable; elected officials clearly don’t want the team, and for the most part, neither does the city itself.