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NHL, Glendale make interim deal to keep Coyotes in Arizona

Friday, 05.06.2011 / 10:54 PM / News

NHL.com

The National Hockey League and the city of Glendale, Ariz., are expected to enter into another one-year interim agreement to work together on securing ownership for the Phoenix Coyotes to keep the team in Glendale. The Glendale City Council will vote on the action at its next meeting on Tuesday that will keep the team playing at Jobing.com Arena for the 2011-12 season. Both the NHL and city of Glendale intend to continue working on a sale to the potential ownership group led by Chicago businessman Matt Hulsizer.

"As we have for the past two-plus years, we have been working very closely with the City of Glendale to do everything possible to ensure the Coyotes' future in Glendale," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told NHL.com. "At the City's request, we have agreed to pursue another one-year interim arrangement while we jointly pursue a long-term ownership solution. We remain confident that one exists, and we intend to continue to pursue it."

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery