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More trouble for Coyotes as city will meet Wednesday to cancel arena lease

It’s another offseason of off-ice trouble for the Arizona Coyotes. The city of Glendale, Ariz., is meeting to cancel its lease with the hockey team.

After talking with team ownership, city officials announced Tuesday night they will hold a special meeting Wednesday to discuss and possibly act to have Glendale’s manager and attorney cancel the services and arena lease agreement.

Coyotes co-owners Coyotes Anthony LeBlanc and Andrew Barroway – who are receiving $225 million in a 15-year deal with the city – were incensed.

“This action by the City of Glendale is completely ludicrous, especially in light of the fact that myself and Andrew Barroway visited with the city yesterday and the particulars of this were never raised,” LeBlanc said in a statement. “In fact, we to this moment have not been advised of this other than the notification on the city website. The City of Glendale is displaying a complete lack of good faith, business acumen or an understanding of a business partnership.

“We want to reassure our great fans that the Arizona Coyotes are committed to Glendale and playing at Gila River Arena.”

Fox Sports Arizona says the city is looking to invoke state statute 38.511, which says the agency may cancel any contract within three years “if any person significantly involved in initiating, negotiating, securing, drafting or creating the contract … is, at any time while the contract or any extension of the contract is in effect, an employee or agent of any other party to the contract.”

Craig Tindall resigned as city attorney in February 2013 and became general counsel of the Coyotes six months later.

“In the event the City Council initiates any action to revoke, repeal or otherwise rescind the agreement, the Coyotes will immediately take all actions available to them under the law against the City of Glendale,” said Nick Wood, part of the Coyotes’ legal team.

The city expects to lose up to $8.7 million on the arena deal this fiscal year, according to the Arizona Republic.

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