How Much More Must An Arizona Coyotes Fan Endure?

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The Arizona Coyotes soap opera continues and I’ve reached my boiling point! –

Most of you that visit our website here at Arizona Hockey Talk know that I live in Winnipeg during the summer and in San Tan Valley during the winter.  I have season tickets for both franchise but I only use the Arizona Coyotes tickets because you can’t be in two places at once yadda yadda.  

I can’t speak for all Coyotes fans but the constant negative news that surrounds this franchise is getting tiring.  I get worn out out trying to defend this franchise to people that don’t really know what’s going on down here.  Hell, I don’t even understand it half the time.  Arizona Coyotes players and fans have been subjected to more off-ice crap than any fan-base should have to endure.  I’m not going rehash all of the past problems as they are well documented but this latest little nugget coming out of Glendale has me bristling.  Just when it looked like the new ownership finally had all their ducks in a row (AFTER TWO SEASONS), it was time to get the product on the ice in shape.  Now this!

Oh boy, another summer of discontent and doubt in Arizona.  Instead of Arizona Coyotes fans looking forward to the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the July 1st “Free Agency Frenzy”, and a summer of rebuilding the roster, we will be subjected to rumors of relocation.  Don Maloney must be thrilled.  How do you try to attract free agents with this uncertainty even if it isn’t a real threat?  It’s the constant perception that this franchise is in turmoil that might scare players away.  

Captain Shane Doan was asked about this latest situation on KTAR 98.7 Arizona Sports Radio and you could hear the frustration in his voice.

“I guess for me, what really bothers me the most is I want to win, and doing this makes it that much harder … You talk to a free agent — you talk to guys, I get texts from five or six guys already that aren’t on my team, but are playing in the league.  They’re like, ‘Oh, that sucks. What’s going on again?”  

“It’s hard enough to convince people to play for your team when you’re a team that had the year that we had last year, but now you do this and obviously those damages are done self-inflicted by supposedly a partner of yours?  That’s when you’re like, ‘Wow, that doesn’t really make sense.

Catch the whole interview with Shane Doan on the “Burns and Gambo Show”


The Fallout

For me, it’s having to listen to the uninformed “talking heads” in Eastern Canada that just write or blab for ratings.  The real hockey people understand the situation and report on it like professionals.


The vultures in Quebec City that get giddy with joy every time a negative word about the Coyotes comes out of the mouths of somebody at the Glendale City Hall.  Quebec City is the lead vulture but there are more in Seattle, Las Vegas and abroad that lick their lips in anticipation of the Arizona Coyotes demise.


Lets not forget the haters that crawl out of the woodwork with nothing better to do with their pathetic lives than dwell on their misfortunes of this desert franchise.  

OH JOY, another summer of listening to this on radio, tv and social media!  I’m so happy!  I won’t ever stop defending the Arizona Coyotes and their place in the NHL but I’m starting to lose my strength. 

What about Glendale?

I don’t blame the people or city council in Glendale for trying to look after their best interests but the truth of the matter is they had NO BUSINESS having a hockey team or major sports facilities in their LITTLE berg in the first place. Their eyes were bigger than their stomachs and that’s the plain and simple truth. They have a meager 12,000 more people than a hockey crazed city like Saskatoon, Saskatchewan!  Would Gary Bettman and the NHL ever consider putting a NHL team in Saskatoon?  How did the Bettman regime ever let this happen?  Nice work Gary!


Right rink wrong zip code?

Yes, I realize the greater metropolitan Phoenix area has approximately four million people but over half of them have to funnel through “the stack” during rush hour to get to Gila River Arena.  That’s a daunting task for a die-hard Coyotes fan and maybe why the average or casual fans just wait for weekend games when traffic is not an issue.

Maybe this latest hiccup in Glendale is a blessing in disguise.  Maybe it’s the “out” that IceArizona  needed.  Maybe the City of Phoenix comes knocking on the door.  Maybe it time to move back downtown.  I know it’s a lot of of maybes. Is it possible to re-vamp Talking Stick Resort Arena and make it a better venue to watch hockey?  That would be great.  Now the Coyotes can tap into the other two-thirds of the population in the Valley and get some hockey fans to the downtown rink.


Could Talking Stick Resort Arena be an option for the Arizona Coyotes?

Whether anybody wants to admit it or not, the Glendale location was BRUTAL for most Coyotes fans east of “the stack”to get to.  Combine that with some of the early start times and you wonder why weeknight games had such poor attendance. Gila River Arena is a beautiful, state of the art rink that should have been built in Phoenix, Mesa or Scottsdale.  Anywhere but Glendale.

I’ve had enough and I want to see the Coyotes moved.  What?

Relax, I haven’t waived the white flag yet.  I don’t want them moving to Quebec City, Las Vegas, Seattle or anywhere else.  Just get them the hell out of Glendale. Glendale tried to piss in the tall grass with the big dogs but didn’t have the game to back it up!  Glendale’s Got Game?  I think not.



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  1. Greg Polinchuk says

    As someone who knows what’s up down there, Mitch, feel free to correct me if my facts are wrong…
    Last year the average ticket price in Glendale was around US$95 . The Jets’ average (still the CHEAPEST Canadian NHL ticket) is about US$155.

    It seems to me that if Phoenix NHL fans paid a realistic NHL price they’d reduce a lot of the financial pressure on Glendale taxpayers to subsidize the franchise. If they can’t or won’t then they are in the exact same economic hole the 1996 Jets were in when they were forced to move to Phoenix supposedly for better finances.

  2. Mitch Kasprick says

    That article was based on the secondary market in 2013-14 season … Winnipeg is #6 in the NHL for avg ticket price. As for the subsidy … it’s not a subsidy … it’s a management fee NHL teams get if they don’t own and control their building. Glendale may now feel they have negotiated a bad management deal but trying to get out of with this loophole might be a long-shot for them … don’t forget, the Winnipeg Jets have received a government subsidy every year since their return.

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