NHL to Glendale: July 2 deadline is no bluff

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If Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers thinks the NHL is bluffing about July 2 being the deadline for the city to approve an arena-management deal for the Coyotes, deputy commissioner Bill Daly has a message for him, via Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona.

“He can characterize it the way he wants, but it is what it is,” said Daly. “We either get certainty in Glendale by July 2, or we immediately pursue our other options outside of Glendale. We have already gone past the date we were comfortable accommodating in the first place. I hope for the sake of the Coyotes fans in Glendale that they don’t lose the team because of a miscalculation made by members of the City Council.”

You may recall prior to the Stanley Cup Final when Daly characterized the situation like this: “No decision could be a decision.”

Translation: if the city waffles too long, the NHL will have no choice but to relocate the Coyotes.

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