Are the Arizona Coyotes moving?
The Coyotes announced in July that they are looking to build a new stadium in Tempe, AZ. The NHL is realigning its western divisions and the Coyotes will be moving from the Pacific to the Central. The Seattle Kraken will play in the Pacific for its inaugural season in 2021-2022. KLAS - 8 News NowArizona Coyotes leaving arena in Glendale; planning new Tempe venue
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The broken-off pact forces the Coyotes out of their current home at Gila River Arena after the 2021-22 campaign. The team's official statement highlights the fact that president and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez would like to try his best to keep the franchise in Arizona but without anything concrete, a return to the Valley is not guaranteed.
When the 2022-23 NHL season begins, the Yotes will be playing somewhere new, but where exactly? Here are the most likely destinations.
Hockey fans in the desert hope the team doesn't have to relocate too far and a return to its former home, the Footprint Center, could offer a nearby solution.
When the Winnipeg Jets first relocated from Manitoba to Arizona in 1996, the Coyotes' first-ever arena was the Footprint Center, which was known at the time as America West Arena. The Coyotes stayed there until the 2003-04 season. The arena is now currently home to the NBA's Phoenix Suns, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, and the Indoor Football League's Arizona Rattlers.
Situated roughly 30 minutes away from Gila River Arena, the Coyotes could make Footprint Center their new home while the identity of the franchise remains largely unchanged.
Here we go again. After bidding and falling short of securing an NHL franchise in the expansion that awarded Las Vegas the Golden Knights, Quebec City could once again be in the mix to acquire a professional hockey team.
After the NHL went westward with each of its last two expansion teams, it's a little more feasible for the league to add another team to the east. While it would require a little maneuvering with regards to division alignment, it's certainly a doable proposition.
Most recently, Quebec City was home to the NHL's Nordiques, who relocated to Denver to become the Colorado Avalanche in 1995.
The infrastructure is already in place for a potential return, as the NHL-equipped Videotron Centre opened in 2015. The arena features 18,259 seats and is currently home to the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts.
If the NHL wants to keep a franchise in the southern portion of the United States and staying in Arizona is not feasible, a move to Houston could be in the cards. Houston, the fifth-largest city between the U.S. and Canada, is the most populous city to not currently host an NHL team.
Tilman Fertitta is the owner of the Houston Rockets and the arena the basketball squad plays in, the Toyota Center, and he has expressed interest in bringing an NHL team to Houston in the past. Fertitta tweeted the following in 2017:
As I've mentioned before, I'm very interested in the possibility of bringing the NHL to Houston, but it will have to be a deal that works for my organization, the City, fans of the NHL throughout the region, and the NHL board of governors. We are in the very early stage of evaluating what opportunities may exist but look forward to a thorough process.
From 2003-13, the Toyota Center was home to the AHL's Houston Aeros, so the arena has been used for hockey in the past.
Jim Balsillie, you ready for another crack at this thing?
The former co-CEO of Research In Motion has tried three times to bring an NHL team to Hamilton, Ont., with no success. He's tried bringing the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators, and Coyotes to the 'Hammer' before, but maybe he's interested in a second go-around with the Yotes?
Relocating an NHL franchise to Hamilton is a little trickier than other locations given its close proximity to both Toronto and Buffalo. Balsillie, or whoever is interested in relocating a team to Hamilton, would potentially have to compensate the Maple Leafs and Sabres for being within 50 miles of either organization.
FirstOntario Centre would be the site for an NHL team in the city. It's a 17,383-seat arena that currently hosts the OHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. It was previously the home of the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs from 1996-2015.
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20 August, 2021 - 05:31pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The 2021-2022 NHL season will be the last time the Arizona Coyotes will be playing in Gila River Arena for the foreseeable future, the city of Glendale announced on Aug. 19.
The city decided not to renew their operating agreement with the hockey team, citing "an increased focus on larger, more impactful events" for the arena after the upcoming season ends.
"The future of the Sports & Entertainment District has never looked brighter with more than a billion dollars of investment during the past three years," city officials said in a statement. "The magnitude of this private investment is unprecedented in Glendale’s history."
Both parties have been under a year-to-year agreement for the past few years. Either party can decide not to renew the agreement through a written notice before Dec. 31.
The Arizona Coyotes have played at Gila River Arena for the past 18 years.
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The mid-August experience was no different for a pair of Oklahoma City Thunder second-round picks in Jeremiah Robinson-Earl and Aaron Wiggins.
Both players flashed at times across OKC’s five games in Las Vegas, but the most important thing was just getting into the flow of life in the NBA, said OKC interim Summer League head coach Kameron Woods.
“We threw a lot at them in a short amount of time. (We) tried to stretch those guys so they’re taking on a lot of information and they’re also playing a lot of games and playing a lot of minutes,” Woods said during a Zoom press conference at the conclusion of Summer League. “So the biggest thing I tiro from them was just their ability to carry over game by game and the mental ability to be able to get to the next game and wash the other one away.
“I think those are skills coming out of college that are really important to learn and try to engrave in those guys, and I thought they both did a really good job of that.”
Wiggins will have to walk the tough path of gettin this two-way deal converted into a full fledged NBA contract with the Thunder, but he said the experience in Summer League has helped him start the adjustment process.
“That’s the dream growing up, playing with the best players in the world and against the best players in the world. So obviously, everybody out there is really talented,” he said. “The physicality is completely different, the speed of the game is a little bit more different… There’s a lot that’s different in terms of transition from college to playing pro basketball, but (I’m) just continuing to play my position, play my role and get better every day.”
Robinson-Earl will have his own battles to fight in Year 1 with the Thunder.
Though he won’t have to fight for a spot on the roster off of a two-way deal like Wiggins, Robinson-Earl will get put in tough spots every night as he bounces between a stretch 4 and a stretch 5, much like Darius Bazley, Isaiah Roby and Aleksej Pokusevski did a season ago. But Robinson-Earl isn’t intimidated by the challenge, and he said he’s going to rely on his basketball upbringing, especially his time at Villanova, to help him grow throughout the season.
“I think Villanova does a great job developing versatility and just being prepared for the most difficult situations,” he said. “I might be in one situation one night, a different situation another night, but just always having an open mindset and a great attitude and just controlling what I can control.”
Regardless of how the actual games went, Woods said he was just proud of the progress OKC’s second-round duo made in Vegas.
“They had performances where it showed and even in the performances were they might not have thought they played well, there were things they were able to get into the game that are like the most important things,” Woods said. “Being able to carry over some of the mistakes they may have made, or being able to see plays that they didn’t see the play before or the game before.
“And so again, credit to those guys. I thought they handled this week really well and they were able to take on a lot of stuff that we were throwing at them.”
20 August, 2021 - 05:31pm
20 August, 2021 - 05:31pm