Arizona Coyotes in Desperate Times

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Apr. 26, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) makes a save on Colorado Avalanche center Brad Malone (42) as defenseman Michael Stone (29) defends during the second period at Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Reality of the ‘Yotes

Why are all these facts relevant? Take a look at the 15 year agreement Anthony Leblanc and his ownership group have to own the Coyotes. Now take a closer look and maybe you will notice the Out Clause option that has been instilled after year 5. If attendance averages don’t raise higher than a WNBA Finals game over that span do you think Leblanc will stay committed? If the Suns and Cardinals keep making strides towards being championship contenders and the Coyotes continue to fall short what will happen then?

Leblanc must do his part and open up his wallet to bring the talent to Arizona, now as fans we must do our part and pack the arena, showing hockey does belong in this state. One more mediocre season from the Coyotes combined with a playoff berth by either the Suns or Cardinals and the whole state may lose interest entirely. Unfortunately, with a team trapped in the most talented division in the NHL, the chances of a playoff run of its own in the near future look extremely bleak.

The Coyotes have four years to prove it can contend for a championship and show they deserve to remain in the desert, that quest absolutely has to start now. Fail to accomplish this and Leblanc can opt for the out clause in his contract, leaving the Coyotes ownerless and almost assuredly sending them packing for greener pastures in Seattle, Kansas City or Canada. For the Arizona Coyotes this is the most desperate season ever.