Jun 28, 2013
commented on NHL Could Move Phoenix Coyotes to Seattle in Time for 2013-2014 Season
The Coyotes will be in Seattle, it is just a matter of when, not if. Proof: When the Vancouver Canucks were looking for a new home for their farm team, they wanted to locate it in Key Arena. According to Hockey Night in Canada, they couldn't because the NHL told the Canucks that the building was spoken for.
Bettman and Co all know that hockey in Glendale can’t work long term, they just want time to get their ducks in a row with the long term Seattle solution, and have Glendale pay for the delay in the interim.
They want to negotiate with Hansen for a lease deal in the new arena from a position of strength (eg. We can move to Quebec ya know) rather than already being in Seattle stuck in Key arena and having to accept a bad lease deal from Hansen.
That is why they are pushing so hard to stay in Glendale in the meantime - the one sided no penalty out clauses in the lease deal with Glendale are the obvious clues that the NHL wants out in the next 3-5 years.