Gary Bettman hopeful for Coyotes sale

Updated: January 28, 2012, 4:29 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

OTTAWA -- Price is not holding up the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes, and it's premature to discuss a Plan B for the franchise's future, according to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

Speaking after the NHL's Board of Governors meeting on Saturday during the All-Star weekend in Ottawa, Bettman remained hopeful a deal can be reached with one of three prospective buyers to keep the league-controlled Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz.

"We hope, based on the things that are ongoing, to have ...

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