It's not the resolution we were hoping for, but at least it seems that the Phoenix Coyotes will be playing their hockey in Glendale, Arizona and not Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Glendale City Council is scheduled to vote on a new resolution that would authorize the city to reimburse the NHL up to $25 million to cover team losses during the 2011-12 season.â†µ
The deal is basically a stalling tactic to buy more time to work out a permanent sale of the team to Matthew Hulsizer. The Phoenix Business Journal reports that the city hopes the delay will result in the Winnipeg ownership group, True North Entertainment, buying the Atlanta Thrashers.â†µ
If Winnipeg is off the table as a viable option for the Coyotes, the city could have more leverage in negotiations with the NHL and Hulsizer. It's an interesting tactic by Glendale considering they already coughed up $25 million to the NHL this season.â†µ
The Glendale City Council meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. The full agenda and instructions for attending is online at the city's website. The Coyotes matter is the last item on the agenda so if you go, be prepared to sit through a full evening of government in action. The full text of the resolution can be found here.