Rumblings: Coyotes very likely to move

Coyotes ownership seems focused on moving the team to Phoenix or Scottsdale. Norm Hall/Getty Images

The Arizona Coyotes will very likely move ... down the highway.

One of the interesting consequences of the City of Glendale choosing to end its 15-year arena management lease agreement with the NHL club is that it sparked conversations and opportunities elsewhere in the Valley for a new arena.

Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton has been vocal in the local media in wanting to build a new downtown arena with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns to keep the Coyotes in town.

A local Native American tribe expressed interest in building the Coyotes a new arena in East Valley Scottsdale.

And there is a third confidential option, a source said, that would also keep the team in the local area.

Building a rink way out in Glendale was always a bad idea, everyone knows that, given that most of the Coyotes' fan base and the deeper pockets in the area reside in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

The hope is that something gets finalized and announced this year with the team moving in three or four years.

Of course, there’s always the chance of relocation to another market altogether, such as Quebec City, but that doesn’t seem likely right now as Coyotes ownership is more focused on a local solution.