Toronto Owner Won't Be Questioned About Coyotes Sale

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PHOENIX (AP) - Toronto Maple Leafs owner Richard Peddie will not have to answer questions in the court fight over the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes.

Attorneys for Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie and Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes had wanted to question Peddie over what role the Maple Leafs might play in the proposed relocation of the Coyotes to Hamilton, Ontario.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Redfield T. Baum denied that request on Thursday in an order naming officials who will give depositions in the complicated Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly - who have already been deposed once - will answer questions, as will Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold. Balsillie also will be deposed, along with his aide Richard Rodier and Moyes.