Sorry if this has already been discussed at length, but I'd be interested in hearing people's opinions/theories on why the NHL continues to fight so hard to save the Coyotes, but seems like they will be fine with the Thrashers moving (***let's assume here that the reports stating that the Atlanta/Winnipeg deal is done are correct***). For years people have assumed the reason Bettman has been fighting to keep Phoenix (and other semi-failing US teams) in the States and out of Canada had to do with a perceived brighter future for teams in larger American cities once the sport eventually "took hold," but if Atlanta is allowed to move easily, that theory would seem questionable. So, why fight for Phoenix, but not Atlanta? Is Phoenix seen as a viable market, but Atlanta not? Is it because Glendale is willing to fork over so much taxpayer money for a private business, with this free money making the Coyotes more viable? Is it an ego hangover from Bettman's clashes with Balsillie? Obviously nobody but Bettman/the NHL knows for sure, but I'd like to hear theories.