May 13, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23) during the game one of the Western Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena. The Kings defeated the Coyotes 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

The Phoenix Coyotes Will Likely Change Their Name To The Arizona Coyotes

Breaking news: at some point in the near future, the Phoenix Coyotes will probably change their name to the Arizona Coyotes, according to the Phoenix New Times. Mike Nealy, the president and COO of the Yotes, told XTRA Sports 910 that there’s a “high probability” that the name-change will happen pretty soon, and if not, then it’ll probably happen next year, when the NHL should have all of their crap straightened out and settled.

It’s about time that they change their name. Despite the Coyotes being located in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, the area’s NFL and MLB teams, the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks, respectively, use the state’s name rather than a specific city’s. Plus, don’t you think that the Glendale Coyotes just sounds a bit odd? Certainly does to me.

Anyway, the report in the Phoenix New Times also says that the Coyotes will use the phrase “We’re here to stay” as a marketing-type-thing. I guess it signifies that although they’re changing the name of the team, they won’t be relocated, as many of us thought they eventually would be.

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