CHICAGO - NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says it's possible that the Phoenix Coyotes could relocate if a new ownership group can't reach a deal to keep the team in Glendale, Ariz.
The Coyotes' unstable situation appears to be the biggest issue facing the league, and commissioner Gary Bettman said "time is getting short" finding a solution to keep the team in Arizona.
Daly said the 2013-14 schedule will be released a bit later than usual in part because of the uncertainty of the Coyotes' status.
"It certainly means that it's possible that the team won't play there next year," Daly said.
Asked about Quebec City, Bettman refused to speculate on potential landing spots for the Coyotes. Bettman wouldn't confirm whether putting the team on hiatus was a possibility, saying only there were "myriad options."
The Coyotes were reportedly sold to a Canadian-led ownership group which is negotiating with the city of Glendale for a lease at the Jobing.com Arena. Bettman refused to reveal deadline for a decision with the Coyotes.
Asked if there must be a decision by the June 27 NHL Board of Governors meeting, Bettman said "maybe."