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PHOENIX -- Former Arizona Attorney General Grant Woods is confirming that he is working "behind the scenes" with a group that wants to take over ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Appearing on KTAR's "Arizona's Morning News Weekend" Show, Woods could not definitely confirm the identity of the group. But he did hint that Ice Edge Holdings, which has tried to buy the team in the past, is who he is working with now.

"I represented Ice Edge in the past, so that's a pretty good clue," said Woods.

He's optimistic about the sale.

"There's a very real possibility here that you could have a top notch ownership that could come in, do a great job with the Coyotes, and maybe give Glendale a better financial deal and situation than they were contemplating," Woods said.

The group's efforts to buy the team were rekindled when former San Jose Sharks owner Greg Jamison failed to meet a deadline on a deal with Glendale to operate Jobing.com Arena.

Woods said he believes the group can work with Glendale's new Mayor Jerry Weiers to get the deal done. He said that the group he is working with has the resources to make the team a success in Glendale.

"They're going to be able to have the wherewithal to go out and put a great team on the ice. That's the goal here," Woods said. "It's good as a sports fan if you have owners that are in it for the long haul. You don't have to worry about Ďoh, they're going to move the team or this or that.'"

Woods said there should be more information about the potential purchase of the team in about two weeks.

Bob McClay, Reporter

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