Dreger: Coyotes situation could become clearer next week

Darren Dreger
3/3/2011 7:07:22 PM
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Establishing a time-line for resolution, or predicting how things will play out in Phoenix is difficult, so to say hockey fans in Winnipeg are going to learn the NHL is returning to Manitoba, or staying in Arizona in the next week is a stretch.

However, there are strong indications the National Hockey League may find out as early next week whether or not the sale of the Coyotes to Matt Hulsizer is going through.

The Goldwater Institute's threat of lawsuit has had the desired effect on bond sales, and to this point, has spooked potential bond buyers, which in turn has increased interest rates.
The bottom line is a week from now, we should know if the bonds are going to sell or not; if they don't sell, the deal will likely collapse, if they do sell, Hulsizer will soon after be introduced as the Coyotes' new owner.

For Winnipeg fans hoping for the demise of the desert dogs, the potential for NHL realignment will make for interesting conversation.

It's far from a front-burner project for the NHL, however, if the Coyotes turned Jets were to resurface in Winnipeg, the belief is Winnipeg would be shifted to the Northwest Division, while Colorado would move into the Pacific, leaving the Detroit Red Wings in the Central Division still longing for a major move to the Eastern Conference.

Logically, the only way the Red Wings move East is if Atlanta bumps Phoenix in the relocation to Winnipeg.

The speculation may never end.

Darren Dreger


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