Coyotes' president: Team is intent on leaving Glendale
The Arizona Coyotes' days in Glendale are numbered.
The team's president and CEO Anthony Leblanc sent a detailed letter to Kevin Phelps - the City Manager of Glendale - where he addressed a letter sent by Phelps to Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher.
In the two-page letter Leblanc detailed the struggle he has had with Glendale's city council and why because of their actions he plans to move the team as soon as possible.
"Simply put, the Arizona Coyotes have every intention of leaving Glendale as soon as practicable," said Leblanc. "By unilaterally breaking a 15-year-signed management agreement with the team - a contract the Coyotes would have honored for the length of its term - the Council effectively evicted us from our home. While you claim that the Council has had a change of heart, we have not. As a business responsible for hundreds of employees, and a team, that relies on the support of hundreds of thousands of fans statewide, we simply cannot afford to do business with the partners who do not keep their word, or honor their contracts."
The city voted to terminate the original 15-year contract to keep the team in Glendale last June, but agreed to a compromised two-year agreement that will expire at the conclusion of next season.
The Coyotes have made it clear that they are in the market for a new home, while last month the Mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton stated he would like a shared arena for both the Coyotes and the Phoenix Suns of the NBA.
- With h/t to KTAR News