Could the Phoenix Coyotes be relocating to Seattle? There is a real possibility of the move happening if you are pt aying attention to the latest rumors around the NHL. According to Hockey Night in Canada, the Coyotes could complete a move to Seattle in time for next year if the city of Glendale does not approve a proposal to pay Renaissance Sports Entertainment approximately $15 million annually to run Jobing.com Arena.
If the City of Glendale doesn’t approve a deal that would pay buyer Renaissance Sports Entertainment a reported $15 million annually to run Jobing.com Arena, there’s another group ready to pay $220 million for the league-owned team and head northwest. The relocation would occur in time for next season.
That plan, according to HNIC, stopped theVancouver Canucks from moving their AHL affiliate to Seattle’s KeyArena; the NHL told the Canucks that the building was spoken for.
KeyArena, the former home of the Seattle Supersonics, has not been renovated since 1995 and it would be the smallest venue in the NHL. Of course, this would not be a long-term answer for the Coyotes.
Let’s not forget that there is a plan in place for a new state of the art arena in Seattle, so the Coyotes (who would likely change their name with a switch to Seattle) could be one of the teams that occupy the new arena.
The league has tried desperately to keep the team in Glendale, but Seattle is clearly the fall back plan if everything cannot come together.
The Phoenix Coyotes drama is far from over, but we should reach a conclusion later this summer.