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Bettman reveals 3rd group interested in Coyotes

Thursday, 01.26.2012 / 7:11 PM / News

Associated Press

OTTAWA (AP) - NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says there are three groups showing "serious" interest in buying the Phoenix Coyotes with the intention of keeping the team in Glendale, Ariz.

Without going into detail, Bettman revealed there was a third group during his weekly radio show broadcast from Ottawa, where the league's All-Star Game is being held this weekend.

The two groups known to have expressed interest in the Coyotes are one led by former San Jose Sharks president and CEO Greg Jamison, and another by Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf.

Bettman said the sales process remains a "work in progress," and he's hoping to prevent the Coyotes from relocating. He did warn that if a sale is not completed, this would likely be the franchise's final season in Glendale.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild