July 2, 2013 it became official the Phoenix Coyotes were staying in Glendale Ariz. The Glendale City Council approved a 15-year, $225 million arena lease deal with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment. The league has run the Coyotes the past four years after former owner Jerry Moyes took the team into bankruptcy in 2009.
Spring training for the Phoenix Coyotes began Sept. 11,2013 and fans cannot wait to see positive things come from the team.
A couple months ago, it appeared the Coyotes were on their way out of town, possibly to Seattle or Quebec City, but the team reached an agreement with the city of Glendale keeping them at Jobing.com Arena.
Since that has transpired, the team will remain in Glendale for at least the next five years. However, if the team is going to remain here after the short term, the new ownership group is going to have to push the team hard to Phoenix area fans.
On http://bleacherreport.com National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman said, “The National Hockey League believes in Arizona as an NHL market, and that these new owners can provide the Coyotes the opportunity to secure a stable, long-term future in Glendale, Ariz.” Anthony Leblanc told NHL.com, “We are thrilled to be taking over a team led by one of the NHL’s best general managers in Don Maloney, one of the best coaches in Dave Tippett, and the league’s longest serving and most respected captain in Shane Doan.”
Reporter for Fox Sports Arizona Craig Morgan believes the Coyotes will be greatly improved this season. Due to the ownership stability they were able to resign their general manager to a new contract and their coach to a new contract. The coyotes seem to have a lot of pieces in place now.
“The coaching has been terrific, I expect much better things from them this season,” Morgan said.
Since the team has stable ownership, there is some hope things only get better for the Phoenix Coyotes soon to be known as the Arizona Coyotes.
As part of the agreement with the new ownership group, the Coyotes are planning on changing their name from Phoenix to Arizona this season reflecting the fact the team does not exactly play in Phoenix, the goal is to cater to a wider audience.
Phoenix Coyotes ranked last in the NHL when it comes to attendance, the team hopes to change that change this year.
The Coyotes have a home game Oct. 15, against the Senators at 7 p.m. there is another game Oct. 19, against the Red Wings at 6 p.m.
For more game dates and further information on the team you can visit the Coyotes website at http://coyotes.nhl.com.