September 30th seems to be the day to end all days. Not only is it the day of the last cancelled preseason game, but it has also become the deadline of the year. The City of Glendale is laying its foot down, Greg Jamison has until the 30th to make the decision on whether or not he’ll accept the terms of deal to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes hockey club.
If Jamison doesn’t accept Glendale’s deal the Coyotes are in the hot-seat. Again. The City of Glendale will throw the deal out the window and start looking for other buyers. This deal could potentially fall through the floor. If it does, there is a huge possibility that the NHL could relocate the team, or possibly hold ownership of the team for another year.
The NHL has been operating the Coyotes since 2009, and the more time that the team is owner-less the more I worry that the NHL won’t keep the Coyotes in Phoenix. If Jamison takes the deal now, he’ll be accepting 20 million dollars less than what the original terms of the contract were. According to Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal, he has been resisting these changes in the contract thus far, which doesn’t look good.
However, remaining hopeful is key. Fans want the Coyotes to stay in Phoenix, and whether they want to admit it or not the City of Glendale wants the Yotes to stay as well.