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BREAKING: Arizona Coyotes set to relocate to Utah, reports say

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According to multiple reports, the Arizona Coyotes will be relocating to Salt Lake City after this season.

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ESPN stated that the ‘Yotes players were told on Friday that the team will be moving to Utah, leaving the Valley.

“Breaking: Arizona Coyotes players were informed Friday that the team is relocating to Utah,” ESPN said. “The NHL has facilitated a sale of the Coyotes to Ryan and Ashley Smith, owners of the Utah Jazz. The team will begin playing there next season. The move will be announced next week, at the conclusion of the NHL regular season.”

Arizona Sports 98.7 FM radio host John Gambadoro added that the players will head to Salt Lake while other staff won’t.

“The hockey operations side of the Arizona Coyotes (players, coaches, trainers) will be moving to Utah not the business side,” Gambadoro said.

There is no official word from Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo or the franchise to confirm or deny these claims, at the time of reporting.

Once the sale from Meruelo to Smith is made official, the team will move, have a new name and will play at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz.

The Coyotes have two games remaining this season and in their existence as a franchise if the reports are true. Arizona will face the Calgary Flames on Sunday before returning home for presumably the final home game against the Oilers on Wednesday.

News on this situation is still developing, stay tuned to Burn City Sports for updates.

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Reporter Alec Cipollini covers Phoenix Sports News for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his X account, @AlecCipollini

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