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BREAKING Coyotes BK: Reinsdorf Group statement blames "unwilling seller" chilling negotiations....

BREAKING Coyotes BK: Reinsdorf Group statement blames "unwilling seller" chilling negotiations. Says it could not reach lease deal w/G'dale.

Courtesy of Brahm Resnik. Not really a surprise. MC79Hockey literally just tweeted that this was likely to happen. This is definitely a way for the NHL to not only control the fate of the Coyotes by taking power away from Judge Baum but it allows for more pressure to be applied to Glendale. Here is the Reinsdorf Group's statement on the hold-up. Predictably it centres around the lease.

Dear Mr. Bettman: Why not? It's a simple question being asked by Canadian hockey fans like me. ...

Dear Mr. Bettman: Why not? It's a simple question being asked by Canadian hockey fans like me. The nation that has the deepest roots and passion for the game of hockey, wants to know why can't we bring a seventh Canadian NHL hockey team to southern Ontario? The NHL has already approved Mr. Balsillie as an NHL owner and in his ruling yesterday Judge Redfield T. Baum recognized that he is an approved NHL owner. It is clear that Hamilton remains the best location for the Coyotes versus letting it wither in the desert. So why not? In his ruling Judge Baum also encouraged the NHL and Jim Balsillie to sit down together in mediation to determine what a fair and reasonable relocation fee would be. Mr. Balsillie has said he's willing to participate in mediation. So why not? We love this game and we know you do too. It's time for discussion. It's time to Make It Seven. Why Not? Sincerely a dedicated Canadian hockey fan.

from an e-mail from makeitseven.ca that they encourage fans to send to Bettman. Something tells me his spam filter will filter this out.

A Toronto-based group with a proposal to bring a second NHL team to the Greater Toronto Area says...

A Toronto-based group with a proposal to bring a second NHL team to the Greater Toronto Area says the team would be named the Toronto Legacy and would play out of a 30,000-seat facility built at Downsview Park. The new facility would have multiple ice pads for public skating, with more seating than the Air Canada Centre. And the team would offer 25 per cent of its proceeds to seven national charities, including Carnegie's Future Aces Scholarship Foundation.

Talk about pie in the sky. Simmons was, bear with me, right. These guys have not even talked to the NHL about an expansion team, they announce it during the Stanley Cup Final, and they didn't talk to the NHL about it. I bet Herb Carnegie just went up on a death list alongside Jim Balsillie.
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