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Phoenix Coyotes' time in Valley running short?

PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Coyotes' time in the Valley could be coming down to the final horn.

Glendale Councilman Gary Sherwood said he is "cautiously optimistic" the city will keep the Coyotes but he knows they're running out of time.

"Other cities are out there lurking so we understand this is the last chance," he said. "A lot has to happen in a short time. I know what the ramifications are going to be if we don't have the team and that is what's most upsetting to me."

The Coyotes skate at Jobing.com Arena on more than 40 nights per year and that has a huge financial impact on both Westgate and the Tanger Outlet Mall.

Sherwood said the NHL has told them that, as long as things are moving forward on June 25 when the council meets next, the city likely hold on to the franchise.

Sherwood has circled July 9 on his calendar as the date he believes is the last stand, even though the NHL has not laid down a definitive deadline.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

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Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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