The Phoenix Coyotes have been linked to several cities for relocation. There could be another possibility if the City of Glendale and an ownership group can't come to an agreement: going dark for the 2013-2014 season. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman didn’t deny that the Coyotes — a franchise that has been under league control for three years — could go on hiatus. “There are a myriad of options,” Bettman told reporters before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center on Wednesday. “Obviously we'll have lots of choices, options and decisions. At the time, if we get to that point, and hopefully we won't, then we'll focus on which one is the best.” Could Bettman be bluffing? Possibly, but the league appears to have no interest in running the team another season. Bettman denied there is a strict deadline to come to an agreement with a new owner along with the City of Glendale, which owns Jobing.com Arena. But Bettman mentioned a couple of important dates upcoming: a Glendale city council meeting on June 25 and the league’s Board of Governors meeting on June. 27 “Obviously, we're getting to the point where some decisions are going to have to be made both by the City of Glendale and by us,” Bettman said. “I haven't set a deadline, but time is getting shorter.” The league is pressing Renaissance Sports and Entertainment — the most recent ownership group looking to purchase the franchise and keep it in Glendale — to come to deal on a new lease agreement with the city in short order, FOX Sports Arizona’s Craig Morgan reported on Monday.
Bettman: Putting Coyotes on hiatus among options
Fox Sports Arizona | Jun 13