The struggle goes on in Glendale to keep the Coyotes.
The latest news is that the NHL has sent the city a bill for $25 million to cover the team's losses this season. If you'll remember, the NHL took ownership of the team while it and the city have been looking to land an owner that would keep the team in Arizona.
Now the $25 million won't come as a shock to the city. It promised a year ago that it would have the same amount of money set aside to cover such losses so long as the city was given more time to find an owner. The hope for the city was that it wouldn't have to spend the money set aside, that a new owner would foot the bill.
It looked like Matthew Hulsizer would be that new owner, but the process has hit more than a few snags. After all, nothing about hockey in the desert is easy. A local watchdog group took exception to some of the city's role in the ownership situation, which has been part of the reason the process has been gummed up. However, officials for Glendale are hopeful a new deal is close.
It's unclear how much longer the city will be given to close a deal to keep the team in town. Commissioner Gary Bettman has been patient, rebuking Jim Balsillie's attempt to buy the franchise and move it to Hamilton, Ontario. But many speculated that was more to block a move to put another team in Toronto's footprint. The most recent rumors were that the team would be on its way to Winnipeg at the end of the playoffs.
-- Brian Stubits