Filling in for Commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday night's "NHL Hour," Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly gave a brief address on the ownership situation involving the Phoenix Coyotes
After a meeting that ran more than four hours, the Glendale City Council on Tuesday voted 5-2 to approve a $197 million deal that will keep the team, which has been owned by the NHL for more than a year, in town. As a result, Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer took a huge step toward becoming the fourth owner of the franchise since it moved to the desert from Winnipeg in 1996.
"That's a very significant step, as I indicated last week," Daly said. "This gives us the impetus to go ahead and close the lease transaction. We'll be able to take the matter of Matt Hulsizer's ownership to the Board of Governors for a vote, and hopefully we can get this transaction closed in the next several weeks.
"That's the goal. I think it's, again, a very positive development for the Phoenix Coyotes
. The support that the Coyotes received at that hearing, just from its fan base there, was pretty special, it was pretty amazing. It was good to see, and somebody who's been involved as we have in the Coyotes intimately for the last year and a half, two years, it was very gratifying to see that you're fighting for a real reason.
"I think it's going to work out well there. I think we're all very fortunate that Matt Hulsizer wants to own this franchise and wants to be successful in Phoenix."