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On Tuesday morning, a story ran on Kukla’s Korner blog about the status of the Coyotes. It was by Damien Cox of the Toronto Star. Here is the quote “This time next year, the NHL will no longer own a franchise in Arizona.The Phoenix Coyotes, in town to face the Maple Leafs on Tuesday night, could still exist by then. But senior league sources made it clear on Monday that this is the last season the league will own and operate the Coyotes after two years of stalled and cancelled sales.

“The clock runs out this year,” said a source on condition of anonymity….”

Now, I understand this is a sensitive topic to Canadian hockey fans who think the Coyotes were stolen from them 15 years ago. However, it was said by someone whom you may have heard of three weeks ago on his satellite radio show on the XM Home Ice (Thursday 4pm MST).  Commissioner Gary Bettman. It was in response to a question regarding the Coyote ownership saga. His words, and I paraphrase as it was three weeks ago. “This is ongoing. Nothing is being done publicly. The NHL and the City of Glendale will find a buyer for this team by the end of the season. If not, the league will have to explore other options as it will not go into another year owning the team.” Not an exact quote, but you get the idea.

I find it funny that this story was sat on for three weeks, or until the Coyotes came to town. A better story would have been this is the first time Matthew Lombardi has gone up against his old team. Or  how Mike Smith had the best goals against average of the NHL for the powerplay. Or how the Coyotes had not been scored against on the power play in over twenty five attempts.

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