It’s easy look at the current situation with the Phoenix Coyotes and still see trouble brewing. There are reports out now that the team may move to Seattle if the latest ownership plan doesn’t work out. This seems like a very interesting scenario and something that should be looked at in a couple of ways.
Would hockey work in Seattle? The weather there is perfect for that kind of sport. It seems like a place where fans would want to come inside in wintertime to watch some hockey. I’m not sure the fans would show up any more than in Phoenix though, and the current ownership have to believe that they have this locked up.
I don’t want to see the team moving unless there is a crystal-clear ownership plan coming out of Seattle. The name Jeremy Roenick has been thrown around involving the Seattle plan. He is a decent choice there to help run the team but I don’t see this happening.
This has been a four-year process of getting new ownership for the franchise. It sounds like we are finally heading towards a conclusion and that’s a great thing. The fans in Phoenix deserve to keep their team because they are showing up for games, though. The team may have had the second-worst attendance in the whole NHL this season with fewer than 14,000 fans per game, but they are there at least.
This sounds like another smokescreen for Seattle’s hopes of getting another professional team. The NHL will get what they want in the end and the team will remain in Phoenix for a long time to come.