Report: NHL Eyeing Potential Franchise Relocation to Salt Lake City


Where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. Utah Jazz Owner Ryan Smith has been pushing for Utah to get an NHL franchise for quite some time now and the dream of bringing professional hockey to the Beehive State might closer than we originally thought.

According to a report from NHL Insider and Reporter Frank Seravalli on X, The NHL is looking at putting together two schedule options for the Arizona Coyotes. One that features the Coyotes playing in Arizona, and the other a potential season in Salt Lake City.

Sources: #NHL is drafting two schedule versions for next season – one with in Arizona, another with the relocated franchise playing in Salt Lake City.” Wrote Seravalli, “Fluid situation. Lots of moving parts. Details on dual paths and a potential transaction.” 

Further into the report Seravalli clarifies that the NHL has not solidified plans to relocate the organization yet, but that they have a contingency plan in place in case the franchise is sold. There is still a chance that the Coyotes stay in Arizona, but that would require current Arizona Coyotes Owner Alex Meruelo to win the bid at the Arizona State Land Trust auction, which is scheduled for June 27th.

Earlier this week, Smith asked fans around the state to chime in on potential names for a hockey franchise via X. Which makes the timing of this report interesting.

1:07pm MT Update:

The potential move sparked a conversation on new franchise names in hour 2 of Valley Sports Talk on ESPN 960. You can find the full conversation, along with potential names below.

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