When True North gave up its chase of the Coyotes and bought the Atlanta Thrashers, Phoenix’s ownership situation was put in the background. But there’s still no guarantee the team is staying in the desert beyond next season.
But Matthew Hulsizer is still trying to change that. The Arizona Republic reports that negotiations are still going on between the city of Glendale and the prospective buyer from Chicago with offers going back and forth all the time.
Brad Goldberg, the spokesman for the Hulsizer group, told the paper “The goal is still to find a way to keep the Coyotes in Arizona forever."
You might remember that Hulsizer and Glendale apparently had a deal for him to buy the organization, but a local watchdog group threatened to sue the city for its role in the sale, which would have called for Glendale to help Hulsizer cover the NHL’s asking price. That put things back in limbo.
The city did buy another season in the desert for negotiations when it agreed to pay $25 million in the Coyotes’ operating costs (read: losses) for next season. But beyond that, there are no guarantees and relocation would be back open for discussion if no deal is reached in that timeframe.
"There's not a day that goes by that this isn't worked on by all parties involved in an effort to come to a resolution," Glendale spokeswoman Julie Frisoni said.
-- Brian Stubits