Phoenix barely avoid move to Winnipeg
Sportsbok odds on Phoenix decreased throughout the 2010 season as the Coyotes continued to win. They were eventually eliminated in the playoffs but it was a fantastic year for the Coyotes. They could have been moved to Winnipeg but the city seems to have worked out an agreement with the Ice Edge group that will allow the team to remain in the Phoenix area. The NHL wanted the Coyotes to stay in Phoenix and was working with the city of Glendale to make sure it happened.
The Ice Edge investors made it their goal to keep the team in their hometown and that is the number one reason their bid was likely to be approved. “Ice Edge continues to believe in the future of hockey in the valley,” the group said, “We have held several discussions with the city of Glendale over the past few days, and those discussions continue through the weekend.”
Phoneix is going to get everything worked out quickly and the team will continue to play in Glendale. Phoenix has many players who are looking at free agency so the ownership issues will begin to be sorted out quickly and all indications are that things are going to work out. Phoenix now looks like as contender in the Western Conference and that wasn’t the case before the the season began. In fact, the Coyotes set franchise records this last year for wins and points. They just barely beat Detroit in the playoffs before losing Game 7.
Just how good was Phoenix this past season versus the NHL odds at the sportsbook? They took home 50 games in the 2010 season and at home they were especially difficult to beat as they won 29 games. They Coyotes were also hugely underrated in sportsbook odds which made them a great bargain on almost a nightly basis. Almost as good a bet as betting on Phoenix to win was wagering on their games under the total. 46 of their games went under the total whereas only 26 went over. 10 games were pushes vs. the NHL odds total.