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By Nate Hanson, Sports Radio KJR
The Glendale City Council is expected to vote on the city’s arena lease proposal tomorrow night, a deadline set by the NHL.
However, the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment group has not agreed to the deal the city council is voting on. Reportedly, the city’s lease proposal includes an out-clause for the city after the fifth year of the 15-year deal if the team loses more than $50 million. RSE previously stated a city out-clause could be a deal killer. In the proposal, RSE also has an out-clause after the fifth year. Also, the city is concerned about covering revenue shortfalls.
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers said July 2 is an artificial deadline to get a deal done. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly reiterated that tomorrow is the date.
“He can characterize it the way he wants, but it is what it is,” Daly said. “We either get certainty in
If the deal falls through tomorrow night, the team will likely be moved to
Despite the off-ice uncertainty, the Coyotes continue to build its team on the ice. Last week, they re-signed head coach Dave Tippett to a five-year deal.
Over the weekend, the team inked a long-term, 6-year, $34 million deal with its goalkeeper, Mike Smith. Smith excelled during the Coyotes’ playoff run to the Western Conference finals in 2012. Last year, he was 15-12-5 while giving up 2.58 goals per game.
“Knowing that the two possibilities were
With Tippett, Smith and team captain Shane Doan returning next year; the Coyotes will have a shot to make another playoff run in 2014. The team finished 21-18-9 during the lockout-shortened season and fell four points shy of making the postseason.
To the victor go the spoils. This is no different. Regardless of the city, the Coyotes will be ready to win next season. Where they win should be decided tomorrow night.