PHOENIX -- Jerry Reinsdorf and his partners won't be subjected to questioning by attorneys for team owner Jerry Moyes as they work to put together a bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Judge Redfield T. Baum rejected Monday a request by Moyes to have Reinsdorf and several others in the potential ownership group give depositions before the July 24 deadline for submitting their bid.
However, the NHL reached an agreement with Moyes' lawyers to have commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly give depositions July 22 and 23 in New York.
NHL lawyer Alan Mada said the league preferred to wait until after any bid is submitted but agreed to the earlier questioning "in the spirit of co-operation."
Monday's hearing was conducted to sort out some of the issues that have arisen recently in the complicated case.
"It's the Phoenix Coyotes until somebody says otherwise," Judge Redfield T. Baum told the lawyers at the hearing. Those words enabled the team to conduct some otherwise routine business, such as releasing its 2009-10 exhibition schedule and pursuing salary arbitration hearings with forwards Nigle Dawes and Daniel Winnik.