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NHL reacts to ruling by judge in Coyotes' case

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Editor's Note: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke with Dave Vest of phoenixcoyotes.com over the telephone Friday afternoon regarding the bankruptcy court ruling handed down Wednesday that opened the door for non-relocation and relocation bids for the Coyotes at next month's auction.

Dave Vest: "Two days ago Bill, Judge Baum of the U.S Bankruptcy Court here in Phoenix ruled that the auction for the Coyotes would be open to all qualified bidders and not just "local" bidders. Just 48 hours later, I'm curious what the league's reaction to that ruling is."

Bill Daly: "Well, (it's) not exactly our preferred response from the judge, but I guess it also wasn't totally unexpected with us having to go past the original auction date of August 5th. I think the judge wanted to make sure that everybody had a chance to make a bid on the team, and I do think it was his way of signaling to everyone involved in the case that it's time to start making their deals and getting their bids in order."

Vest: "Bill, as it stands now the team will be auctioned for sale on September the 10th. If you do a quick glance at the calendar it reveals that that is just five days before the team is scheduled to play its first preseason game. So, given the timeframe of the process is it safe for Coyotes fans to assume that the Coyotes will indeed be based in Glendale for the entire 2009-2010 season regardless of what happens on the tenth (of September)?"

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