The future of the Phoenix Coyotes could be determined by two men collecting signatures to put Glendale's deal with prospective owner Greg Jamison to a public vote. There's no way of predicting how that vote would go; but its mere presence on the ballot could put a chill into Jamison's hopes of raising equity to close the sale before the 2012-13 season.
Naturally, as this process has played out, the potential next step for the NHL has been discussed around the League. Some believe the NHL will shoulder the financial burden for yet another season, as Gary Bettman circles back to Jerry Reinsdorf for seemingly the hundredth time to rescue the team if Jamison's bid fails.
Some believe the team is destined for Quebec City ó remember the "go and learn some French" brouhaha from May? ó with the NHL having already prepared an alternate schedule if that needs to happen. (Something Gary Bettman has denied.)