It’s time to face the facts. Phoenix has failed as an NHL city and franchise.
The Coyotes filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and Jobing.com Arena has been called the friendliest arena to away teams by the players themselves, since the majority of fans at nearly any Coyotes games come from the opposing city.
I have never personally been to a game in Glendale, but watching the Columbus Blue Jackets play the Coyotes on television looked to be the least energetic sporting event I have ever seen. My rec hockey team in high school got the crowd louder than the Coyotes do. And the worst part is that the Coyotes are good again, and they still can’t generate excitement down in Glendale.
After Goldwater Institute, a self-proclaimed “government watchdog”, held off the sale of $100 million in municipal bonds, the future ownership of the team became increasingly uncertain. While Commissioner Gary Bettman continues to try and put the blame on Goldwater, they are only looking out for their customer’s best interest, and the deal is unlikely to be profitable for the city of Glendale.
Without delving too far into the economic issues surrounding the franchise, let’s take a look at the top five candidates to land an NHL team if the Coyotes were to leave Phoenix.