Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/6/11

The NHL is continuing its search to find a local buyer for the Phoenix Coyotes.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the league's Board of Governors on Monday that the NHL has had discussions with a couple of interested parties and reaffirmed the hope of keeping the Coyotes in Glendale.

Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer backed out of an agreement to buy the Coyotes in July. The deal hit a roadblock due to the threat of a lawsuit from a public watchdog group in Phoenix.

The NHL purchased the Coyotes out of bankruptcy in 2009 but has been unable to find a prospective buyer.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said he does not anticipate the league retaining its ownership role in the team beyond this season, which could lead to relocation if a local buyer is not found.

"We're not looking at any deadlines right this minute," Bettman said. "We have some time. I say that because A) it's accurate; and B) because the last thing I want to do is start raising expectations anywhere else because that would be unfair."

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