Report: NHL to start exploring relocation for Coyotes next week

The Phoenix Coyotes relocation situation is a lot like the weather in a lot of cities: You don't like it wait 10 minutes.

The last time we wrote about the Coyotes is was on a report that a deal was being close to finalized to keep the team in Glendale. It seemed like the saga was going to end well for the fans in the Phoenix area.

Now we come to this time with much different news.

TSN's Darren Dreger reported on Wednesday night that if there is nothing concrete in place by next week, the NHL will finally start exploring Plan B ... relocation.

You'll hear the same cities involved in the talks; Seattle, Quebec City, Kansas City, Las Vegas, perhaps southern Ontario. Although if the NHL hasn't actually considered Plan B at all yet like it maintains, then that list is purely speculative.

This is what the NHL has been trying to avoid at all costs. The Coyotes have appeared to be on the brink of moving out of the desert for some time but the NHL has resisted it at every turn, being as stubborn as a mule.

But the current situation, with the city putting up $25 million per season to cover the costs, is untenable. Something has to give and that means either wrapping up a deal or moving on and out.

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