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Mark Parsons
April 11, 2024  (11:22)
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Arizona Coyotes are on the move.
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The potential relocation of the Arizona Coyotes to Utah has created a storm of discontent among players and their families across the NHL. News broke unexpectedly that the NHL is considering two schedules for the 2024-25 season—one with the Coyotes in Arizona and another featuring the team in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Despite the absence of final decisions, the abruptness and lack of communication regarding the move have sparked frustration and concern.
According to reports, players are feeling left in the dark, learning about these significant changes through media rather than direct communication from league or team officials.

Players and families frustrated of lack of direct communication from the team

Sara Civian highlighted that the frustration stems not from a reluctance to relocate to Salt Lake City but from the manner in which the information was disseminated and the absence of prior notice.
Contrarily, Craig Morgan suggested players are indeed hesitant about the move to Utah, pointing to a lack of enthusiasm for the potential new location.
Hearing some frustration and fear from NHL families across multiple teams about the abruptness of relocation reports, the prospect of moving families to SLC, and generally the way this has all gone down. Folks are not happy.

The move to Utah still isn't a done deal

Amid these swirling rumors and reports of discontent, the league is said to be in discussions about a complex financial arrangement involving the purchase of the Coyotes and a possible sale to the owners of the Utah Jazz for $1.3 billion. This sum matches what current owner Alex Meruelo paid for the team in 2019.
The situation is exacerbated by the apparent oversight in failing to engage directly with players and other team members to address their concerns and provide clarity on the potential move, leaving many to deal with the uncertainty and implications of a sudden relocation.
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