NHLPA engaged in discussions with the NHL over Coyotes again; players aren't happy

Published February 19, 2022 at 11:57

Just when we thought things were moving along with the Arizona Coyotes and their fancy new temporary home at Arizona State University, a new report suggests there is unrest among the players about the deal that the Yotes have in place.

Per TSN's Chris Johnston on Thursday's edition of Insider Trading, the NHLPA has raised an issue with the NHL on behalf of the players, who are worried that if the League enables the Coyotes to play at ASU's multi-purpose arena, the players could be stuck paying half the bill.

Obviously, with all that's gone on with the global pandemic and escrow having been increased on the players already to adhere to the CBA's 50/50 revenue split, it's understandable why the players would have a vested interest in the Coyotes' arena situation.

The Coyotes are expected to use the Sun Devils' arena through at least the 2024-25 season, with an option to extend the agreement through 2025-26. The big concern here appears to be the fact that the Yotes and other NHL clubs are likely going to be playing in front of less than 5,000 fans at Coyotes home games.

ASU's arena is currently undergoing a bit of a facelift at the cost of the Coyotes to allow for proper seating and the installation of proper media booths befitting an NHL team.

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