Thursday, February 9, 2017
NHL news: Coyotes make apparent tour of Portland, Seattle for new home
The Arizona Coyotes have apparently toured new arenas in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, according to the Glendale Star. The Coyotes have faced criticism for being an ice hockey team in the desert ever since the Winnipeg Jets relocated there in 1996. In 2015, the Glendale City Council voted to end their lease agreement with the Coyotes at Gila River Arena, their home since 2003. Arizona State University tried to move the team to Tempe, stirring up more relocation rumors. "Recent reports by the Glendale Star that the Coyotes ownership group has explored arena options outside the Arizona market are completely false," team president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc stated Wednesday. "The Star referenced an anonymous arena source and an anonymous Coyotes source, and these are a fabrication. The Coyotes are focused on creating one of the most taxpayer-friendly facilities in the country here in the Valley. This new arena will pay for itself, create jobs and generate millions of dollars of revenue for the state, county and municipality where it's built. We are fully committed to Arizona." The Coyotes are second to last in both the Western Conference and the National Hockey League (they are dead last in the Pacific division) with 40 points (and a record of 17-28-6).