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Phoenix Coyotes Relocation: Seattle Will Land Franchise If Glendale Deal Fails

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 26:  Oliver Ekman-Larsson #23 of the Phoenix Coyotes receives a the team MVP award before NHL game against the Colorado Avalanche at Jobing.com Arena on April 26, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Avalanche defeated the Coyotes 5-4 in an overtime shoot-out.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent IJune 17, 2013

The future home of the Phoenix Coyotes hinges on one upcoming meeting by the Glendale city council. 

Renaissance Sports & Entertainment is attempting to buy the Coyotes from the NHL and keep them in Arizona. However, they need financial help and a nice arena lease deal to do so.

It is now up to the Glendale city council to vote whether they want to offer that, or not. According to the Phoenix Business Journal, this vote "appears to be June 25." 

And while nothing definitive has been uttered, the writing on the wall is clear: either this deal is approved, or the Coyotes will be playing in Seattle next season and for the foreseeable future. 

According to CBC's Hotstove report, an investment group led by Ray Bartoszek and Anthony Lanza are prepared to purchase the Coyotes for $220 million should the deal in Glendale fall through.

King 5 Seattle's Chris Daniels is reporting similar information and adds that this would be done to move the Coyotes to Seattle and that the NHL has already begun exploring the option: 

The outdated Key Arena is not an ideal home for the NHL. However, plans for a new arena in Seattle were put in place as Chris Hansen led a group that tried to land the NBA's Sacramento Kings.

The plans for the arena were made to house both the NBA and NHL.

This is an enticing option for the NHL. Seattle is a nice market, and it would instantly set up for a fun rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks

If the Glendale city council denies the deal, the sale to the Seattle group will likely happen quickly. 

While relocation is never an ideal scenario for a professional sports league, it is certainly one that the NHL is no stranger to, and this one is a nice fit. 

This move would provide the Coyotes with the long-term certainty it needs. It would also delight Seattle fans who are hungry for some big time winter sports. 

Seattle is a big enough market to house both the NBA and NHL should that scenario occur. 

It appears that the only thing standing in the way of the NHL featuring the Seattle Coyotes next year is the upcoming vote by the suddenly spotlighted Glendale city council. 

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