Arizona Coyotes CEO Anthony LeBlanc now says that an announcement on a proposed new arena site, which he’d previously indicated could come in May or June, may happen as soon as later this month, maybe:
“I know people feel that I’m kind of nuts on this one,” LeBlanc said at a news conference where he announced the firing of General Manager Don Maloney. “The reality is we do anticipate there will be an announcement on this front in the next couple of weeks.”
Given that all indications are that arena discussions are hitting all sorts of snags — a Phoenix city source told KPNX-TV that the team’s unwillingness to open its books to negotiators “makes it nearly impossible to engage in serious negotiations for a new dual-purpose arena,” while proposals for a tax-increment financing district to kick back sales taxes to the team are stalled in the state legislature, at least for the moment — that timetable does seem kind of nuts, but who knows, maybe talks with one particular prospective host are going really well? We have not much to go on at this point but LeBlanc’s public statements, and since he seems to be following the time-honored approach of changing your numbers every time and giving the media something new to report on, expect a moving target for the foreseeable future.