NHL training camps are scheduled to begin in roughly two-and-a-half months and it's still possible that the Phoenix Coyotes could be playing in a different city when the 2013-14 season begins. Commisioner Gary Bettman said on Thursday that the league needs resolution from the city of Glendale by July 2. "We are awaiting a determination by the city of Glendale as to whether or not they are going to have new arrangements for the building for new ownership for the Coyotes," Bettman said on Thursday after the NHL's board of governors meeting. "That's a decision that needs to be made by July 2. "If the council doesn't approve it so this transaction can close, I don't think the Coyotes will be playing there anymore." He also added that there is more than enough time for a move to be made before the start of next season. Seattle seems to be the city that comes up the most, but when deputy commissioner Bill Daly was asked about the possibility of Quebec City he said that "I wouldn't rule it out." When asked about Seattle, Daly said that Key Arena could house an NHL team. The Glendale city council has a vote scheduled for Tuesday (which is July 2, and also the deadline Bettman presented on Thursday) to try and complete a deal between the city and the Renaissance Sports & Entertainment group. "The fact of the matter is we haven't ironed out or put into effect a Plan B. We have lots of options," Bettman said. "I find it difficult to conceive why if the council turns this down we would want to keep the team in Glendale any longer. We would then, if they turn it down, have to deal with possibilities and the options that will be available to us. And they are numerous. There is enough time."
Gary Bettman says Coyotes could move before next season
CBS Sports | Jun 27