Plan B for the Phoenix Coyotes, according to Hockey Night in Canada: Move to Seattle. If the City of Glendale doesn't approve a deal that would pay buyer Renaissance Sports Entertainment a reported $15 million annually to run Jobing.com Arena, there's another group ready to pay $220 million for the league-owned team and head northwest. The relocation would occur in time for next season. That plan, according to HNIC, stopped the Vancouver Canucks from moving their AHL affiliate to Seattle's KeyArena; the NHL told the Canucks that the building was spoken for. KeyArena, at the moment, isn't a long-term option. It seats a little more than 15,000 for hockey, which would make it the second-smallest arena in the league, and was last renovated in 1995. It, of course, was the home of the Seattle SuperSonics before they moved to Oklahoma City. A group led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has an arena deal in place, but that hinges on getting an NBA team to play in it. The group nearly closed on a deal for the Sacramento Kings, and they're not quitting anytime soon. Still, Seattle seems perfect. The Northwest United States and hockey are a solid fit, and Seattle legendarily supports its teams. Build the arena, whether an NBA team is involved or not, and everything works.
Coyotes to Seattle? NHL has plan, report says
Sporting News | Jun 17