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Coyotes expect to make arena announcement by end of regular season

Carl Soderberg gets in the NHL Goals of the Week mix with a shorthanded strike that finds net for the Avalanche.

Back in November, things were “moving pretty quickly” in the Arizona Coyotes’ search for a new home in the Phoenix area.

In December, things were upgraded to “very progressed.”

Today, we heard another optimistic update.

“I’m very positive that we will have something out in the community if not in the next month or two but certainly by the end of the regular season,” Coyotes co-owner Anthony LeBlanc told Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

“We need to partner with a community or institution that wants to partner and that’s the first and foremost thing. The good news is that all of the discussions we have had have been pretty open as have other organizations — be it the city of Phoenix or Tempe or Arizona State. Everybody has been pretty open that we have had discussions with and they have all been immensely positive.”

Wherever the hockey team ends up -- and there have been all sorts of potential locations thrown around -- LeBlanc reiterated that it won’t be outside the state of Arizona.

The Coyotes’ lease in Glendale expires after next season.

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