So the bomb this time was dropped at 8:41pm Phoenix time last night in the midst of Iggy mania. TSN host Darren Dreger posted this tweet:
NHL continues to fight to keep Yotes in Glendale, however, relocation decision could take player before the playoffs. #TSN— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 28, 2013
He clarified that time was running out (Tell me something we didn't already know)
NHL will continue to meet prospective buyers, but it's clear time is running out and relocation must be considered.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) March 28, 2013
Moments later Nick Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports contacted Bill Daly and got back a response likely sent as an automated "out of office" message:
Daly: "Current focus remains on selling the Coyotes to ownership in Glendale. We haven't spent much time on anything else."— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) March 28, 2013
A few hours later John Shannon of Sports Net, posted the name. Most, if not all Coyotes fans had never heard before, George Grosbee.
Cdn Group has been in contact with NHL and are considered lead group in purchase. Key names in group are Anthony Leblanc and George Gosbee.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 28, 2013
Our local Fox Sports Arizona Coyotes Beat writer Craig Morgan confirmed Shannons report with a tweet all his own:
Can confirm, per source, that George Gosbee is key player in bid to buy #Coyotes. Am also told this bid is to keep the #Coyotes in Glendale.— Craig Morgan (@cmorgancbsfoxaz) March 28, 2013
So the question stands, who in the hell is George Grosby? From late night research, I found he is one of Alberta's 50 most influential people, he may or not be a pirate, and has an inactive Twitter account. People who did more digging than a cursory Googling of his name, have found much more. He serves as Vice Chair on the board of AIMCO an Investment Management corp. in Alberta, a board that Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz also serves on. According to Craig Morgan's report, he was President and CEO of Tristone Capital Global Inc., a former board member of Chrysler Group LLC, is a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, and a director of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.