Paul Kelly, NHLPA Head

Oh boy, this is going to be interesting.

The executive director of the NHL Players’ Association wants the bankruptcy issues surrounding the Phoenix Coyotes to be resolved by the end of June. And Paul Kelly also thinks Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has what it takes to be the new owner of the club.

Kelly arrived at the men’s world hockey championship in Bern, Switzerland, on Wednesday on an overnight flight from Toronto to the news that the Coyotes had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and that Balsillie had made an offer of $212.5 million US to purchase the team and relocate it to southern Ontario.

Kelly has never hidden his support of putting more NHL teams in Canada.”You have scheduling issues, you have the draft issues and we have players, frankly, that have commitments on homes, condos and families that have to be in school,” he said. “You can’t let the thing linger much past the end of June for it to be resolved one way or another.”

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