GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called the Glendale City Council's approval of a proposed arena lease agreement by a group headed by Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf a terrific step in the process of the league finding a new owner for the Phoenix Coyotes.
Bettman made his comments in a brief news conference Wednesday night before Game 1 of the Red Wings-Coyotes series.
The commissioner said he doesn't anticipate any problems in the league selling the team to Reinsdorf's group, which intends to keep the club in Glendale. The NHL purchased the team in bankruptcy court last year.
Bettman also praised the job done by the Coyotes this season under extraordinarily difficult circumstances. Phoenix is in the playoffs for the first time since 2002.