With a “ko wink e dink” that’s amazing I was contacted by Jack Briggs, the Fansided editor of the the Phoenix Coyotes blog site, Howling Hockey. The reason for the coincidence was that trying to write a hockey blog when there “ain’t no hockey” is tough. But I had fun and learned a lot with the Minnesota Going Puck Wild editor Derek, so I was thinking what other team does the Blue Jackets have a connection with so we could do another interview. The obvious answer was the Coyotes. Before it was more that a thought, Jack contacted me and ……………..We ended up doing mutual interviews, which I will share with you. I found his answers relative to the situation with the Coyotes very interesting. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
I also am well aware that we could have some breaking NHL news and the prospects are playing, so I’ll try to keep up with all that.
First let me give our Columbus readers a little background re, the Coyotes. Some of them I’m sure don’t know the general origin and background The Coyotes were founded in 1972 as the original Winnipeg Jetsof the WHA and were one of four franchises absorbed into the NHL when the WHA folded in 1979. The team moved to Phoenix on July 1, 1996. Due to financial difficulties, the NHL has owned the Phoenix Coyotes franchise since 2009.
Having said all that, I have to say the continuing thread of news always concerns the status of the Coyotes. Like: Are they staying in Phoenix? Are they being bought? Are they being bought to be moved?
Jack-The former owner Jerry Moyes wanted to sell the team to Jim Balsillie (former CEO of RIM, the parent company of Blackberry. Thank God that didn’t happen, how is Blackberry doing these days?). To get out of the lease on the City of Glendale owned arena (Jobing.com), he had to put them in bankruptcy. This voids the lease and allows the team to leave with no fee or penalty. Every day, Gary Bettman and Bill Daly were in bankruptcy court. When the ownership was awarded to the NHL, we thought it was only a matter of time until an owner would be found. Well, we are waiting three years later.
Gary Bettman and Bill Daly did the Lord’s work in getting the team out of bankruptcy and put their stake in the ground as the Coyotes are to located in Arizona. There is a large hockey fanbase here. You have the area population grow by at least thirty percent when the snowbirds arrive. Even when the team was not winning, you would see sellout or near sellouts when Detroit, Chicago, Buffalo, or a Canadian team is on the calendar. Now that they are winning, we feel like we can emotionally invest as well as financially invest.
to be continued