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In what is likely the least surprising development on this story, the Arizona Coyotes have officially filed suit against the City of Glendale.

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Many NHL players put a lot of stock in numbers, for reasons of luck, or continuity, or as an homage to a childhood hero. Sometimes teams immortalize numbers by retiring them from active use.

For the Arizona Coyotes and their fans, the most important number in franchise history is now CV2015-007216.

Early Friday afternoon the IceArizona ownership group filed a lawsuit against the City of Glendale in Maricopa County Superior Court in an attempt to stop the cancellation of the Gila River Arena management contract. The Coyotes also released the following statement:

The Arizona Coyotes have acted to defend their rights and reaffirm their continuing commitment to their great fans by seeking a restraining order to stop the City of Glendale's baseless attack on, and improper attempt to void, the Coyotes' lawful and proper lease to play at Gila River Arena. The suit was filed in Maricopa County Superior Court against the City of Glendale, the Glendale City Council and other City officials.

Though the suit is in its infancy, three particular documents were filed by IceArizona. They are...

1. Application for Temporary Restraining Order (TRO)

Like what it's called, a TRO stops Glendale from effectuating the action it took at the meeting Wednesday. This would prevent the city from seeking new arena managers or locking the team out of the facility. It's timeframe is temporary and is based on the immediate harm that may be suffered by the filing party.

The TRO allows the parties to maintain the status quo while the true merits of the matter are decided by the court, so the odds of the court granting the TRO are quite high.

2. Motion to Expedite Discovery:

This motion seeks to speed up the amount of time the city has to provide the court and the plaintiffs (IceArizona) with the case Glendale will argue in court. Given the Coyotes stand to lose a lot of money through sponsorships/ticket sales if this drags out, it is not surprising IceArizona filed this motion.

3. Memorandum of Points and Authorities:

This is basically legalese for a document providing the court with a list of reasons to grant the two above-mentioned requests by IceArizona. These will include details regarding the facts that are relevant to the matter, the relevant case-law and other legal opinions that support why the court should rule in favor of IceArizona.

What Happens Next?

If a temporary restraining order is granted (and it seems like it would be), the next step would be for IceArizona to file for a preliminary injunction, which would be a court order to the City of Glendale to stop pursuing the action they took on Wednesday.

If the motion to expedite discovery is granted, it's possible that we could get to the full hearing in a matter of weeks, not months. We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

Update: The Arizona Coyotes have posted their legal documents online here. We will also host them here in case they get taken down later.

Update #2: The Coyotes win Round 1:

The next court date is scheduled for June 29th, which would come right before free agency begins.