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Gary Bettman confirms official announcement for Arizona relocation

Published April 12, 2024 at 4:10 PM
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It's been expected for the past few days now, but Gary Bettman is now expected to make the relocation of the Arizona Coyotes official in the coming days.

The NHL is set to see the relocation of the Arizona Coyotes to Salt Lake City, and now, it has been confirmed that Gary Bettman will make the move official next week on April 18.

Gary Bettman will reportedly make the announcement on April 18th that the Coyotes are being sold to Ryan Smith and moving to Salt Lake City 🏔️




The move comes after Arizona failed to secure an arena deal in time, with owner Alex Meruelo struggling to keep the team afloat, and now, they will be taken over by Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith in Salt Lake City. It's unclear whether or not the Smith group will have branding, a team name and a potential jersey/logo ready to unveil, as he was just recently asking for name suggestions on social media, but at this point, they have at least now secured a team.

The move will be immediate, with the Salt Lake City team to join the NHL in 2024-25, and with potential conference and/or division realignment, the landscape of the NHL is once again about to change in a major way.
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