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08:29 AM ET 02.02 | Move over Quebec City, you just might have a little competition. Following Greg Jamison's unsuccessful bid to meet this week's deadline to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes under the terms of the lease agreement the 'Yotes have with the City of Glendale, there are whispers that a new relocation bid is taking shape. Not only did a city councilor tell The Arizona Republic this week that a new bid has emerged, but multiple sources have indicated that the new bidder might be Calgary-based Portland Winterhawks owner Bill Gallacher. According to FOX Sports Arizona, Gallacher could be looking to purchase a controlling interest in an effort to move the 'Yotes to Portland, where an NHL-ready arena awaits.

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February 2, 2013  09:26 AM ET

The Dessert Is Not Your Natural Habitat, Bros?

February 2, 2013  09:26 AM ET

So, what's in Portland? Do lumberjacks care about hockey?

February 2, 2013  09:36 AM ET

if we have to accept the idea of 2 expansion teams, I maintain that the ideal involves phx to qc, but if there could be more then 1 move, then all bets are off. There's alot of destinations that could be potentially good hockey markets; portland, seattle, qc, markham, hamilton (although I disagree with this one), indianapolis, milwauke, cincinnati... kansas city and oklahoma trailing somewhere behind...

February 2, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Your commentshould have read 'accept the idea of 2 expansion teams and 1 move, then the ideal would be phx to qc followed by 2 expansions; seattle + markham'

February 2, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Dessert Is Not Your Natural Habitat, Bros?

naw, bro.

February 2, 2013  09:44 AM ET

We've lost all interest in what happens to the Coyotes about a decade ago. Give it up! Now .... how about them Wings? And, how about Big Z? I guess all the doomsday prophets were a little premature? Lidstrom or not, they still have a formidable lineup, an aging one but ... still formidable.

February 2, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Anywhere north is better than Phoenix. No hockey tradition there.

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February 2, 2013  09:48 AM ET

Holy Crap, I'll help them Pack. I'm sick of this 'should I stay or should I go'

February 2, 2013  09:50 AM ET

Nice Wings win against the Blues. Hat trick for the Captain. (hear that Ovie)

February 2, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Nice Wings win against the Blues. Hat trick for the Captain. (hear that Ovie)



:-)

February 2, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

if we have to accept the idea of 2 expansion teams, I maintain that the ideal involves phx to qc, but if there could be more then 1 move, then all bets are off. There's alot of destinations that could be potentially good hockey markets; portland, seattle, qc, markham, hamilton (although I disagree with this one), indianapolis, milwauke, cincinnati... kansas city and oklahoma trailing somewhere behind...

I like Seattle. A natural for a great rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks but, will the Starbucks spoiled softy pinkos be able to handle the "brutality" of a blood sport like the NHL? Big question mark there. I'd put QC in second and Markham in third. KC could work. Anything after that is a crap-shoot. Indy is about fast cars and rednecks and Cincinnati is another Columbus. As for Oklahoma, it would be another Phoenix scenario. Don't bother.

February 2, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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There was no hockey tradition in most of the US until the NHL arrived. It doesn't have to do with hockey tradition, it has to do with being a bad sports town.

Phoenix's favorite sport is watching the INS agents and Sheriff Joe Arpaio chasing drug runners, coyoteros and illegals in the desert. Hockey is boring by comparison.

February 2, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I like Seattle. A natural for a great rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks but, will the Starbucks spoiled softy pinkos be able to handle the "brutality" of a blood sport like the NHL? Big question mark there. I'd put QC in second and Markham in third. KC could work. Anything after that is a crap-shoot. Indy is about fast cars and rednecks and Cincinnati is another Columbus. As for Oklahoma, it would be another Phoenix scenario. Don't bother.

But it'd be a perfect place for Souray to play.

February 2, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Nice Wings win against the Blues. Hat trick for the Captain. (hear that Ovie)

He still has some nice Winged wheels, doesn't he? Great stuff!

February 2, 2013  10:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

if we have to accept the idea of 2 expansion teams, I maintain that the ideal involves phx to qc, but if there could be more then 1 move, then all bets are off. There's a lot of destinations that could be potentially good hockey markets; portland, seattle, qc, markham, hamilton (although I disagree with this one), indianapolis, milwauke, cincinnati... kansas city and oklahoma trailing somewhere behind...

Still champion.....

February 2, 2013  10:19 AM ET

Anybody care to guess who's playing on the CBC at 7 pm EST?

February 2, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Still champion.....

+1

February 2, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Anybody care to guess who's playing on the CBC at 7 pm EST?

No guesses yet? Here's a hint.

The home team has a "sniper" with no goals so far this year and is -18 against his former team.

 
February 2, 2013  10:46 AM ET

Actually, hockey has a long tradition in Phoenix. From 1967 when the old Western Hockey League Roadrunners would sell out every night to the World Hockey Association days (sellouts early in their tenure there) Phoenix would support teams that were well managed and exciting. Additionally, the building they played in was centrally located, unlike the abomination in Glendale. The strength of the hockey fan base is in the Scottsdale and East Valley areas, not Glendale or West Phoenix. The decision to build the arena where it's located doomed the franchise.

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