As you’re no doubt aware, the Arizona Coyotes have been dealt a major blow by yesterday’s referendum defeat. The people involved with the Coyotes are currently devastated.
It’s understandable: this is surely the death knell for the Coyotes in Arizona.
What’s next for the franchise will be determined by our owner and the NHL in the coming weeks. – Xavier Gutierrez, Coyotes President
We suspected that the club’s future was precarious, but now it’s more precarious than ever. We don’t know what will keep the club in Tempe for the foreseeable future, and a move is fully on the cards.
Will it be this summer? Can the Coyotes still play in the home of the Sun Devils (NCAA) knowing that Arizona’s plan is currently on life support?
Not gonna lie, “what the options might be going forward” doesn’t sound like the NHL has a Plan B in Arizona.
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) May 17, 2023
And while they’re calling Quebec, they could use the opportunity to see if Centre Vidéotron is available.
After all, we know there’s a lot of talk about Quebec these days, but the contrast is insane. When you see 18,000 people show up for Remparts games, it’s clear that this is a field hockey market.
But we know that Gary Bettman doesn’t see it as an NHL market. In his eyes, it’s not big enough financially to make a comeback in the NHL in 2023. So it’s not likely to happen in Quebec City.
The only scenario in which it could happen is if the NHL wanted to keep Houston as an expansion market because of NHL entry fees. But don’t hold your breath.
Fine, but the NHL would have to have an expansion plan, which it doesn’t yet. https://t.co/vbqaLpMGl6
– Francois Gagnon (@GagnonFrancois) May 17, 2023
If a short-term solution is needed, I fully expect Texas City to be the one. It’s what makes the most sense right now for the NHL.
– Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) May 17, 2023
If not, could Kansas City be an option? Surely before Quebec City, in any case. It’s a shame, but that’s the way it is.
It’s a shame because Quebec City and Patrick Roy, given the Remparts’ current success, seem to have the wind in their sails as regards a potential return to the NHL.
But it’s also possible that both will never get the call. Barring a turnaround as swift as Winnipeg’s in 2011, I sadly don’t see that happening.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Gary Bettman decided to give the Coyotes to Houston before still pushing for a nice arena to be built in Arizona to house Coyotes 2.0, one day, the right way.
Field hockey in Arizona can work. At all levels.
But I almost wonder if Coyotes going elsewhere and later expanding again into Arizona would make more sense for NHL. Let things cool for several years, and then open door for new owners to bring in expansion team
– Rob Rossi (@Real_RobRossi) May 17, 2023
For the NHL, last night was very bad news. After all, it means that if the Coyotes play another game in an NCAA arena, it’s going to suck.
– What impact will the referendum have on Auston Matthews’ future career?
Bad night for Bettman in Arizona. Maybe Auston Matthews too.
– Mitch Melnick (@HunterZThompson) May 17, 2023
– A thought for André Tourigny, who is surely living with uncertainty right now.
A side note on the vote in Tempe last night. Coyotes coach Andre Tourigny grew up a fan of the Quebec Nordiques.
– Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) May 17, 2023
– Did Shea Weber just miss his chance to return to Quebec?
A reminder that the NHL timed a “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Gary Bettman this week with the Tempe Arena vote so Gary could take a victory lap. pic.twitter.com/ri1UxnERLn
– Allan Walsh🏒 (@walsha) May 17, 2023