The Vancouver Canucks reportedly had their eyes set on Seattle, Washington and the KeyArena to be the home of their American Hockey League affiliate, but it was blocked by the National Hockey League.
CBC’s Elliotte Friedman reports the Canucks, who announced the Utica Comets on Friday, were told the building would not be available for hockey. Why wouldn’t the building be available? Friedman’s colleague, Glenn Helay, says the Phoenix Coyotes could be moving to Seattle.
He reports if Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, one of the prospective buyers for the Coyotes, cannot reach an agreement with the City of Glendale for subsidies to operate the Jobing.com Arena by July 5, it will sold to a different group. This group will consist of Ray Bartoszek and Anthony Lanza will purchase the team for $220 million and move them to Seattle.
An interesting tidbit.
Friedman called it a “perfect setup” for the Canucks had they been successful putting their team in Seattle. The Canucks had to settle for Utica, but things might be better this way. They could get a regional rival and their prospects will get more practice time in Utica where there is less travel.