To help understand the disconnect between the Arizona Coyotes and the City of Glendale, consider two descriptions of the meeting that took place Monday between team majority owner Andrew Barroway and city officials.
First, via the Arizona Republic, here’s Barroway: “I’m glad we did it, and we want to find ways to work together and do what’s best for the team and do what’s best for Glendale.”
Sounds promising, right?
Now here’s vice mayor Ian Hugh, to TSN.ca: “We asked if they would consider renegotiating the arena management contract. They said no. There wasn’t a lot to say after that.”
Hence, tonight’s special meeting where city council will discuss “possible action to direct the city manager and city attorney to cancel the professional management services and lease agreement” between the city and the hockey club.
Also hence? The Coyotes’ anger, as expressed by co-owner, president and CEO Anthony LeBlanc: “This action by the City of Glendale is completely ludicrous, especially in light of the fact that myself and Andrew Barroway visited with the City yesterday and the particulars of this were never raised.”
Meanwhile, one Phoenix (not Glendale) city councilman is apparently pushing to bring the Coyotes back downtown where they’d share a new arena with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, and one unnamed former NHL owner apparently thinks the Coyotes should approach the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale about building a rink there.