The tense flap over the Phoenix Coyotes’ lease at Gila River Arena in Glendale went  behind closed doors Tuesday during a City Council meeting. The parties went into executive session which is closed to the public and media.

With the city facing a restraining order that puts the Coyotes’ lease it cancelled on hold, Glendale says it’s open to renegotiating a lease both sides can live with. But Interim Assistant City Manager Tom Duensing says in a written statement, “there’s an obligation to the law and those facts will come out. But they’ll come out in an appropriate venue, and that’s a court of law.”

The Coyotes’ terse reply: “we expect the city of Glendale to honor its contractual agreements. We intend to continue to honor ours”. The team is infuriated that the city cancelled a 15 year lease two years into the term.

–Barbara Villa