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Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:27 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 6:34 pm
 

The Coyotes' hopes of staying in the desert might have taken a critical blow on Monday.

The Phoenix Business Journal says that Matthew Hulsizer has pulled out of the negotiations to buy the franchise.

You might remember Hulsizer appeared close to purchasing the team until a Phoenix-area watchdog group objected to the city of Glendale's role in the sale. That put a serious stall in the talks, putting the two sides further apart. Eventually Hulsizer, who has been trying to work out an agreement since last year, grew weary of the process and no longer is interested in the Coyotes. However, the Business Journal says that he could turn his attention to another NHL team as he is still interested in being an owner.

Now, there appears to be just two buyers still in the hunt, according to the report. One, Jerry Reinsdorf, has been in and out of the picture since the NHL took control of the team two years ago. The other is an unnamed group. There is no information as to how far along the negotiations with either group are.

The NHL has been adamant that it wants to keep the Coyotes where they are, turning away potential owners like Jim Balsillie who wanted to relocate the franchise. But pretty soon, even Bettman will grow tired of the process and might consider opening up to owners not interested in staying in the desert. The cities that would figure to be leading contenders would be Kansas City with its arena sans a permanent tenant and Quebec City, former home to the Nordiques/Avalanche.

-- Brian Stubits

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 29, 2011 1:16 pm
 

Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

Kansas City?? Quebec?? Here are some more, Cleveland, Oakland, Atlanta, Hartford. If you are going to re-locate a team, why would you ever consider moving it to a city that already had and lost an NHL team?

Why? Because there is a huge fan base in Quebec, that's why.  The only reasons they failed before is there was no salary cap and most importantly because of the difference between the Canadian and American dollar they were forced to pay 50 percent more for a player then American competitors were..... those days are now gone and Quebec could easily support an NHL team and be profitable.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:14 am
 

Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

Kansas City?? Quebec?? Here are some more, Cleveland, Oakland, Atlanta, Hartford. If you are going to re-locate a team, why would you ever consider moving it to a city that already had and lost an NHL team?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:21 am
 

Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

It doesn't make sense to force a square peg into a round hole and the NHL must eventually realize that the team's Glendale (West Valley) venue is never going to work here in the Phoenix area.

Bettman knows it's not going to work, let's not kid ourselves. We might knock the guy and not like him much but you don't become commissioner of the biggest hockey league on the planet by being stupid.   He's just holding out for the right owner and the right offer and at the same time needs to be sure another city somewhere else is ready to take on an NHL team.  Balsillie would have been the new owner and moved the team by now if he didn't bump heads with Bettman and try to circumvent the rules like he did....  potentially owners are waiting until Bettman is close on a deal to move the team somewhere else and then the bids will start flowing in.... nobody is going to buy a team losing this much money playing hockey in a desert with 30 percent of their building empty on average for 41 home games... a new owner might be willing to take a loss for a year but behind the scenes somebody has to guarantee him another city is preparing for a move....  when that happens, we'll find out who the new owners are going to be... until then, nothing changes. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:16 am
 

Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

For Phoenix, I took the 6 years prior to the talk of the move for the 2009/2010 season  they averaged 14,550 per game.  About the same, yet everyone is saying move the team to Quebec and it will succeed.

Do you understand that back then a 50 million dollar U.S payroll in Quebec actually cost the owners on average around 75-80 million Canadian dollars?  60 million would have been an actual cost of 90 to just under 100 million dollars?  There was no cap... to compete you had to outbid everybody else...  there is now a hard cap and revenue sharing like I said in my last post... times have changed. 



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:11 am
 

Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

 Just because it's Canada doesn't mean the team will succeed. 

Really? There are 6 Canadian teams in the NHL today.... here are some numbers for you from the last 5 years.  This past season, 5 sold out an average of 100 percent of their tickets and the Senators were at 99.3 percent.  In 2009-2010? 5 were at 100 percent again again and Ottawa at 98.8 percent.  In 2008-2009?  All 6 were at 100 percent.  In 2007-2008? Once again all 6 at 100 percent.  In 2006-2007? All 6 again at 100 percent.  Here are some more numbers for you.  Montreal and Toronto have the top 2 average ticket prices in the NHL but unless you feel like getting raped by a scalper or broker you can't find a ticket in those cities.   Montreal has I believe one cup in the last 20 years. Toronto hasn't won since 1969 or something like that.  The Oilers haven't been relevant since Gretzky left yet fans in those cities don't miss hockey games. Ottawa hasn't done squat and had serious ownership problems yet fans go to games.  Vancouver has had a whopping 2 finals appearances in their history with zero cups yet you can't find a ticket.  Calgary misses the playoffs half the time yet fans go to games.  So you might be wrong when you say there is no guarantee......

You're predicting the American dollar is worth 50 percent more then the Canadian dollar again and asked what happens to Quebec or the Jets when that happens?  You need to do some research to understand why these things happen... I won't get into it expect to say that its been a long time and don't expect that to happen again let alone anytime soon. But that's not the only reason these teams struggled what seems like an eternity ago.  There was no hard cap like there is now.... not at all.  The cap from now on will for the most part be based on how the league is doing as a whole....  there is now revenue sharing they say will be even more enhanced in the new CBA.....   times have changed..... Canadian teams under today's NHL rules are doing fantastic and it's very likely so the Jets will do very well and so will Quebec if they ever go back.  



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:19 am
 

Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

It doesn't make sense to force a square peg into a round hole and the NHL must eventually realize that the team's Glendale (West Valley) venue is never going to work here in the Phoenix area.  My preference would be to see the reverse the over-expansion and have the league fold this and another team.  My second choice would have the Coyotes move where they'd be most appreciated.  Their players deserve that much.




Since: Oct 8, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:04 am
 

Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

I agree with Mikey here. It's hard to interest locals in a team when it looks like they could skip town at any moment. Especially in a non-traditional hockey market like Phoenix. How long can the league continue to do this? Eventually they will have to entertain offers to move the team if no serious buyer emerges.



Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:56 am
 

Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

Here is something some might find interesting.  The last 6 years prior to Quebec moving to Colorado they averaged 14,487 per game.

For Phoenix, I took the 6 years prior to the talk of the move for the 2009/2010 season  they averaged 14,550 per game.  About the same, yet everyone is saying move the team to Quebec and it will succeed.  It didn't the first time, and yea, I have heard about the economy crap but what happens when it does it again?  Do they move again and then will everyone be saying Quebec can never have another team like they are Saying about Atlanta?  What if they get an owner that doesn't want to spend the money to make the team at least competitive?  Will the fans show up anyway? 

If the team was to move to Quebec this will be the second city who has already failed once getting a team back.  Yet there are no complaints.  Just because it's Canada doesn't mean the team will succeed.  I would like to see it succeed in Phoenix because I don't like any city to lose a team, especially a city like Glendale who seem to really want this team.  But if they do move to Quebec then if either Quebec or Winnipeg fail, I want to see what I've seen with Atlanta,  that's it there will be no third strike. 




Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:40 am
 

Report: Hulsizer no longer interested in Coyotes

Over the last 2 seasons the Coyotes have sold a whopping 70 percent of their seats on average... that's horrible !!!  And considering the serious threat they would be moved if more support isn't shown makes it worse

Redwings would you buy wings tickets if they told you the team was moving or threating to move the team to another location?  A lot of people who would probably go to the game won't purchase season tickets because they don't know if the team is going to be there or not,  Or they don't want to get wrapped up in a team that may pull up stakes in a year.  It's hard to build a fan base with that over your head.

Now, they do need an owner and they need someone to step up and say if I buy this team it is here for at least 10 years and I will keep this team competitive.  They don't have to spend the cap max each year to be competitive but at least develop the minors and keep thier playoff team in tact and try to advance to the next round. 

I think they should go after Mark Cuban as an owner.  That is a man that loves sports, loves to win and will spend the money to keep the team competitive. 


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