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Phoenix Coyotes Ownership Bid: Greg Jamison Leading The Way

The Phoenix Coyotes might have a new boss soon. Greg Jamison, former San Jose Sharks CEO and president, is leading an ownership bid to buy the team and keep them in Arizona.

Greg Jamison used to be president and CEO of the San Jose Sharks. But those days for Jamison are done. He stepped away in 2010, and it looked like his hockey days were over.

But now he's got the itch again. He needs to get back in the game. He's got to have a stake in the NHL, and the Phoenix Coyotes are providing him with an opportunity to build a winning tradition. The Phoenix Business Journal reports on the story.

Jamison is expected to work out a sales agreement with the National Hockey League , which owns the Coyotes, next week. That includes putting down earnest money giving his group exclusive negotiating rights with the league and city of Glendale, which owns Arena.

A finalized deal requires approval by the NHL, a lease deal between the ownership group and Glendale and any necessary financing involved in the transaction.

The Coyotes have made the playoffs the past two years, only to bow out both times in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. Jamison helped the Sharks surge into prominence over the last 15 years, building teams that became experts in bowing out in the playoffs. Hopefully now that Jamison is here in Phoenix, he can keep this winning formula of "successful seasons with first/second round exits" going to help give Arizona fans another team that's "pretty good, just not quite good enough."

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