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Bettman: Reinsdorf owning Coyotes would be great

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CHICAGO (AP) -NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says a deal to sell the Phoenix Coyotes to a group headed by Jerry Reinsdorf would be beneficial to all parties.

"It will be great for this league and that franchise if Jerry is able, with his partners, to consummate that transaction," Bettman said Monday night before Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Vancouver Canucks and Chicago Blackhawks.

Reinsdorf already owns the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox.

Bettman said the sale of the Coyotes was getting closer to completion, but didn't give a timetable. The NHL bought the team out of bankruptcy in November. Reinsdorf's group has said it intends to keep the team in Glendale, just outside of Phoenix.

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