In a Saturday night report, CBC’s Elliotte Friedman and Glenn Healy said Seattle is first in line to become the home of the Phoenix Coyotes if a deal falls apart between prospective owners of the hockey team and the City of Glendale.
A potential Canadian ownership group that includes George Gosbee and Anthony LeBlanc is in line to buy the team for $170 million. The group is negotiating with Glendale city officials on a lease agreement at Jobing.com Arena where the Coyotes have played since 2003.
In a segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Friedman and Healy said if the deal breaks down the NHL would sell the Coyotes to Ray Bartoszek and Anthony Lanza for $220 million and move the team to Seattle. The group would also bring in Jeremy Roenick to run the hockey operations.
Quebec City had been considered an option for the Coyotes, but it appears as if Seattle will get the first crack to land the team if it becomes available.
On Sunday, Chris Daniels at King5 tweeted: “Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn acknowledges recent discussions with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.”
A spokesman from the mayor’s office told the Seattle Times last week said the city wants a NHL team to play at KeyArena. He also said several potential investors have expressed interest over the years. Conceivably, KeyArena, which seats 11,000 for hockey, would be a temporary home.
Seattle has a deal in place with Chris Hansen on a $490 million downtown arena. However, the agreement calls for a NBA team to be the primary tenant before construction begins.
Bettman wants answers on the Coyotes before the Board of Governors meeting June 27.
Still multiple reports Friday suggest a deal could be imminent between the Coyotes and Glendale. The framework of the deal was first reported by Fox Sports Arizona.