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Report: ‘Contentious relationship’ between Coyotes, Glendale ongoing for past six months

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GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 09: Fans line up outside of Gila River Arena before the NHL game between the Arizona Coyotes and the Winnipeg Jets on October 9, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The city of Glendale voted to terminate its arena-management agreement with the Arizona Coyotes. So, the Coyotes went forward with plans to obtain a temporary restraining order to stop Glendale from voiding the arena deal, which a judge granted eight days ago.

Seems like a toxic enough situation, right?

Well, the layers into this ongoing saga continue to be peeled back, reportedly revealing months worth of quarrelsome back-and-forths between city staff and Coyotes executives, according to

The latest From TSN’s Rick Westhead:

Emails between city staff and Coyotes executives document a contentious relationship over the past six months, during which time the Coyotes allegedly opposed the city’s move to hire professional sports executive Tony Tavares to oversee an audit of the NHL team, and bickered over whether the team was purposely delaying that audit.

The emails also reveal that the city has made Coyotes officials aware as early as March of their concerns that Coyotes lawyer Craig Tindall might inappropriately use information he obtained while previously working for the city to help the Coyotes.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Glendale filed a motion in court to withhold a $3.75 million payment to the Coyotes.

Oh, and in case you’ve forgotten, the Coyotes have the third overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft and are loaded with picks through the first three rounds. They are also apparently open to using “assets” should they come across what GM Don Maloney recently called the “right deal.”

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