08:22 AM ET 04.09 | As the NHL turns its attention to the playoffs, there remains the threat of an elephant in the room. It seems inevitable these days that the post-season narrative at some point will be hijacked by a franchise relocation story. Last spring, it was the Atlanta Thrashers moving to Winnipeg on the eve of the Stanley Cup final. This spring, it looks like we will get a final determination on the future of the Coyotes in Phoenix, where the City of Glendale is dithering over the $25 million it committed to cover the NHL's losses this season. It's also going to be interesting to see if the return of the Florida Panthers to the post-season for the first time since 2000 can revive that franchise and stifle rumblings it could also be on the move.