Jets’ Move to Phoenix Now Needs Only NHL Approval

<i> Associated Press</i>

Negotiations to bring the Winnipeg Jets to Arizona next season have been completed and all that remains is approval from the NHL.

Jerry Colangelo, the chief negotiator for Phoenix and owner of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns and baseball’s expansion Arizona Diamondbacks, said he and the Jets’ owners, Richard Burke and Steven Gluckstern, will sign a letter of intent Tuesday in New York.

That letter will be taken to the NHL Board of Governors meeting Thursday in Palm Beach, Fla., though it is not known how soon the board will act, Colangelo said.


“We’re finished with the exception of the final language,” said Colangelo, who will become a limited partner. “All of the deal points have been agreed to.”

Colangelo said he anticipates formal announcement of the move will be made in Phoenix on Dec. 19.

Gluckstern, of New York, and Burke, of Medina, Minn., could not be reached for comment Saturday.