Josh Kosman of the New York Post reported Tuesday night, citing two anonymous sources, that the Arizona Coyotes were expected to relocate to Las Vegas for the 2016-17 season under a brand new ownership group.
However, the Coyotes (and pretty much everyone else) say that's not happening.
Coyotes prez, CEO & co-owner Anthony LeBlanc: "The article in the Post is 100% false. No truth to it whatsoever." https://t.co/cuXtOHR7p2— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) July 1, 2015
More from Anthony LeBlanc on NY Post story: "I'm not an unidentified source, I'm a principal, so I think I should know."— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) July 1, 2015
Gary Bettman: "The Post was told the story was completely untrue. They ran it anyway. The story is garbage. Team is staying put."— Craig Morgan (@craigsmorgan) July 1, 2015
@joshkosman @nypost This is absolutely false. The Coyotes are committed to playing in Arizona. More anonymous sources. Remarkable.— Rich Nairn (@RichNairn9) July 1, 2015
An NHL executive called the report "total garbage" and indicated that the idea has "never even been considered or discussed."— David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) July 1, 2015
Hockey fans in the desert have been through this many times before, although Coyotes supporters have had to endure more of this turmoil than in recent seasons due to ongoing strife between the team and the City of Glendale.
However, the story in the Post seems highly unfounded and inaccurate—and it was honestly pretty comical how quickly the team and other prominent media members shot it down.