The ownership group of the Phoenix Coyotes said it filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday afternoon.
The filing, a news release noted, included the proposed sale of the team to an organization believed to set up by RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie, who has been trying to bring teams -- including the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins -- to Canada for more than 2 1/2 years.
In the release, managing partner Jerry Moyes noted a proposed price of $212.5 million and said the sale would ideally be consummated by June 30. That price would also include paying $30 million to the NHL, which had infused money into the team.
But those in the league office, who have been insisting the team would likely stay in Phoenix, didn't seem to be aware of the supposed plan and even questioned the veracity of the filing.