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Should the Preds stay in Nashville?
Tue, August 14, 2007

A local group trying to keep the Predators in Nashville is on the verge of signing a letter of intent.

Owner Craig Leipold has been working with a group of local investors to finalize a bid for the team since flying to New York on July 18 for a meeting with NHL officials.

Leipold has been trying to sell his franchise because he said he has lost $70 million since being awarded the team in June 1997.

This might mean that the team is not moving anywhere for now. Is this good news for the NHL?

Preds staying, for now



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Bettman sucks!!

The man is nothing more than an over-self- inflated NBA lawyer who really knows diddly about hockey or Canada.

Give him enough time and he will totally ruin the NHL.

It's time the MLESL had some real local competition so give Hamilton or Kitchener or London or Halifax a chance and quit putting franchises in American cities who don't know the difference between a puck and a half-roll of used stick tape.
BJ, 2007-06-28 15:21:10

The hockey season is too long; americans don't care about hockey in june; their kids are out of school Summer has begun. The concaaf cup drew more viewers than the stanley cup final--- time for a change. 2.3 million americans watched the stanley cup final that is pathetic.
josef, 2007-06-28 15:11:57

Bettmans behind this..this guy needs to go.. i wish the fans can have there say and fire him on what is the grounds of him being anti- Canadian!!!
Rolf Fiesel, 2007-06-28 15:07:05

Maybe the fans should send the NHL a message. We could do it by designating a saturday sometime this fall as "Fan Protest Day". It would take a little organization by some but we could all participate by refusing to buy tickets or attend an NHL game and also commit to not watching Hockey Night in Canada on that particular day. Imagine a saturday night where across Canada, NHL players are playing their games in virtually empty arenas and even the broadcasts are not being watched. Think the NHL might sit up and pay attention to something like that?! Maybe we should try it!

MD
Mark, 2007-06-28 14:54:08

Yes Bettman is snubbing Canada! If anyone remembers Kansas had a team back in the mid to late 70's known as the Scouts,they didnt do well so they moved to Colarado and were the Rockies where they failed again and now are the New Jersey Devils. Its unbelievable that American cities get 2 chances ( Minnesota, Atlanta, Kansas) all big time cities like New York I guess. Kansas will fail yet again and move to Houston or Las Vegas where they will be unsuccessful. Bettman has a personal grudge against Hamilton from the lockout back in the 90's when Gretzky and his all star friends played that mini tourney here. Earlier Bettman had told Hamilton and Canada not to build any new arenas because they wouldnt come here. But of course any American city can build an arena and they will be considered. Unreal, Bettman should be fired and go back to the NBA where he belongs!

Wayne wear a hat outside you are suffering from a heat stroke and cant afford any more damage to your limited brain cells!


Jimmy, 2007-06-28 14:46:47

Todd Bush said:

"The NHL isn't snubbing Canada, they are snubbing Balsillie. They don't want another Bruce McNall - who only bought a team because he wanted status."

That's pretty much it in a nut shell. To concur with what Ted said, Balsillie has been his own worst enemy throughout this whole process, and has no one to blame but himself if he walks away empty-handed.

As for Bettman being against Canadian teams, the biggest benefactors of Bettman's standoff with the NHLPA were the small market (read Canadian)teams.

With Canadian teams in the final the past three years, the Bettman hates Canada argument just doesn't wash.


Jaunque, 2007-06-28 14:37:48

Love to see a team in Hamilton, the only downside is that we would never hear about any other canadian teams as Hamilton and Toronto would dominate the press, it's bad enough with the Leafs!

Ed
Ed, 2007-06-28 14:13:42

Moving an existing franchise from one conference to the other when there is a delicate balance is not really a good idea. I was born in Hamilton, hate Toronto, and would love nothing more than a franchise in Steeltown to kick Hogtown's ass. However, from the standpoint of running a successful league, Hamilton isn't going to help. Most Americans don't seem to have a clue where Canada is, much less be able to name any of the smaller cities. They aren't going to pay top dollar to go to a sporting event featuring a team from some town they've never heard of. The NHL is still trying to convince Americans that hockey is a better sport to watch than roundball, (invented by a Canadian,) baseball, (which originated in Chatham,) or football, (also invented in Canada.) Canadians, and about 95% of the rest of the world know it is, but Americans are a pretty thick lot; it takes them a long time to get with the program. For starters, they have to believe it is their game, and that they are the best players. Then they can call themselves world champions! That the rest of the world is never invited to compete for the title is purely incidental; it's not their game! As long as it's the American dollar that greases the wheels that make the bandwagon roll, it will be the American mentality that steers it. And what American do you know who wouldn't rather go to Europe to get fleeced than come to Canada and get lost in the woods?
Roy, 2007-06-28 14:13:24

It's a passion thing, Canadians want as many teams as there is Tim Hortons, economics I don't know if it would work, I'm puzzled how the lease issue works, how is moving to Kansas any different then Hamilton as far as breaking the lease.
Randal, 2007-06-28 13:57:27

You make a great point, Ted. This would be a better debate if we could all stay with serious comments and observations instead of personalizing it all. The funny thing is that both Wayne and Jimmy have made some valid, excellent points, and aside from the inappropriate bickering and mudslinging between them, it's otherwise a lively and enjoyable discussion. Does Bettman hate Canada? Good points have been made on bothe sides of that argument. Ditto the NHL. Myself, I'd like to see the Preds in Steeltown, but I'd love them more in the 'Peg. KC and LV should not get teams via either expansion or relocation. These are plainly just not hockey markets. Keep up the lively banter, lads! This is a nice way to spend a lazy Thursday afternoon at work. Cheers, DEAP in Kingston ON.
deap, 2007-06-28 13:55:15

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