Balsillie would keep Coyotes in Glendale this year if awarded team

PHOENIX — Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has pledged to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale this season if he wins an auction for the financially troubled club.

PHOENIX — Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has pledged to keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Glendale this season if he wins an auction for the financially troubled club.

The revised offer came during an emergency hearing Wednesday before bankruptcy Judge Redfield T. Baum, who called Balsillie’s proposal “a fairly significant change.”

Balsillie does, however, still plan to move the team to Hamilton as part of his US$242.5-million bid.

Balsillie’s revised bid appeared to be a last-ditch effort to win over the city of Glendale, which sides with the NHL in the long-running courtroom battle. The only other bid has come from the NHL, which has offered $140 million. The league would try to resell the team to a local buyer but, failing that, would explore relocation.

Baum gave no indication when he might rule on whether to award the team to the NHL or to Balsillie.

“Sooner or later,” said Baum, who also could reject both bids.

The judge called the hearing on owner Jerry Moyes’ request to force the NHL into mediation over contentious issues surrounding the club’s sale. Baum was expected to rule on the mediation issue later in the day.

Balsillie originally offered Glendale $50 million. In an amended bid filed Wednesday, Balsillie’s PSE Sports & Entertainment offered to give Glendale $25 million up front and the rest of the money when the team leaves.

In the filing, PSE said the new offer “is to meet the concerns expressed by creditors that they will be harmed if PSE prevails because of the NHL’s threat of lengthy appellate litigation.”

In Wednesday’s hearing, PSE lawyer Jeffrey Kessler described the revised offer as “a cost-free $50 million insurance policy for Glendale.”

Glendale lawyer William Baldiga said he hadn’t reviewed the new offer, but he told the judge he did not consider it an increase to the bid.

Baum, though, seemed intrigued.

“To an old bankruptcy judge, $25 million cash, no matter what happens today — that’s a lot of money,” he said.

Balsillie’s promise to play this season in Glendale also might have been a tactic to sell tickets as the NHL season approaches. Fewer than 2,000 fans showed up for a split-squad game against Los Angeles last week.

“It’s been impossible to sell tickets because nobody knows if it’s going to be here,” Moyes said outside the courthouse. “So I think this will be the opening of the floodgates, and if the fans are convinced that the team needs to be here, and sponsors, this will be an opportunity for them to prove that the team should be here.

“That’s what I’ve said all along — my first choice has always been to leave the team here and find support to leave it here,” Moyes said.

Just Posted

WATCH: NDP Official Opposition host budget town hall in Red Deer

Red Deerians shared concerns about provincial funding cuts for education and health… Continue reading

With a new syphilis outbreak in Alberta, infectious disease testing is made easier in Red Deer

Shining Mountains Living Community Services staff can do quick, simple dry blood spot test

Central Alberta home sales down 10 per cent from 2018

August sales 17.7 per cent lower than August 2018

Trudeau asks Canada to look to his current, not past, actions on race

Justin Trudeau’s privileged upbringing created a “massive blind spot” when it came… Continue reading

Singh urges Canadians to consider troubling impact of Trudeau photos, video

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh challenged Canadians Thursday to try to see through… Continue reading

Your community calendar

Wednesday Central Alberta Historical Society annual general meeting is 6 p.m. at… Continue reading

‘We can move on with our lives:’ Alberta parents acquitted in death of toddler

LETHBRIDGE — An Alberta mother and father who treated their ill son… Continue reading

Trudeau asks Canada to look to his current, not past, actions on race

Justin Trudeau’s privileged upbringing created a “massive blind spot” when it came… Continue reading

Appeal court rules 3-2 in favour of law that slashed Toronto city council

TORONTO — Ontario’s top court has upheld a provincial law that slashed… Continue reading

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who jumped naked into Toronto shark tank

TORONTO — A British Columbia man apologized to a judge on Thursday… Continue reading

Local Sports: Queens basketball team energized

You could tell by the look on her face that RDC Queens… Continue reading

Logan Kilgore gets start at QB for Edmonton Eskimos with Trevor Harris hurt

EDMONTON — In just his second regular-season game at quarterback in almost… Continue reading

Kaillie Humphries participates in USA bobsled push trials in unofficial role

Kaillie Humphries participates in USA bobsled push trials in unofficial role LAKE… Continue reading

Most Read