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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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Jimmy you have it all wrong, its not that southern ontario does not deserve a team its just that there are so many better opporunities in other markets like kansas city, las vegas, winnipeg, quebec city. These are areas where the cities are growing and there is no other close team near by, not like in southern ontario area 4 teams total there already Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo, Detriot. That area is saturated with NHL teams already and for the league to truly grow it needs to be in the areas where there are not so many options already for teams. You say that kansas and las vegas would have empty seat you can not say that as you do not know and no one can know until a team gets in there. You also say that americans dont care about hockey that is not true they do or else ther woudl be no teams down there at all and there would be no one in the arenas or playing the game. Sure its not one of the big sports down in the US and you knwo what it might not be big like it is up here that is no reason to move teams out of the states. With the teams beign down there it is bringing an awareness of the game and the popularity wil grow, smaller arenas are beign built for leagues for kids to play and as was evident with the draft a lot more american players of better quality are startign to come out of the states, do you really think that would have happened had the league not been in the markets it is in now. You also talk about rivals for the teams in your area well they are close enough they are rivals already a new team does not need to come into the mix just to as you put it "Also it would force the Leafs to finally start putting alot better product on the ice " the Leafs are bad and will continue to be bad but that is a management problem and it is not the leagues fault or issue that the leafs have not had a godo team in 20-30 years. So the league should not move a team into the hamilotn area just to try and prop up the leafs. When it comes down to it there are not many peopel outside ot the GTA that care about the leafs and how they are doing. In the end the deal with moving a team into hamiltion jsut to make the leafs a better team has nothing to do with it, its all about what is best for the league and movign a team into an area full of teams is deffinatly not best for the league. Fans of the leafs in the GTA should not get all in an excited over the hamiltion thing just because the leafs have not been much of anythign the past 20-30 years and movign a team into that area jsut to try and force the leafs into a better team is wrong thats like saying well they should move a team into Red Deer to make edmonton and calgary better teams. I say stop being hopefull and look ath e big picture of the league and what is best for it and not what is best for the Leafs and there fans that are disapointed every year. It would do more for the league to move a team into one of four other markets long before moving another team into southern ontario.
Mike, 2007-06-25 15:50:49

I agree with Jimmy, Wayne doesnt have a clue with what is happening in regards to Mr. Basillie. Now Wayne says Mr.Basillie will keep the money fans have put down for season tickets ? Wayne have you heard of a law referred to as fraud ? Thats a very serious crime with punishment being many years in prison,you should be careful when you say such a thing to a highly respected businessman for you to suggest he is a con man is slander Wayne you should hope his lawyers dont hear about your comments. As for the land he has purchased in the K-W area it has come out that its for expansion of his company RIM not an arena. The Leafs may not have a say if the Preds move to Hamilton. I think Canoe should stop posting Wayne's comments as nothing he says is close to being the truth and suggesting Mr.Basillie is a criminal committing theft/fraud is utter dribble.
James, 2007-06-25 14:35:25

Wayne once again you are wrong about mr.Basillie and the Pittsburgh Penguin sale. It was Mr.Basillie that walked away from the Penguins when it became clear to him that they would be getting a new arena and he wouldnt be able to move them to Hamilton. The arena lease was expired or going to expire so he would have been able to relocate them to Hamilton.

Wayne if you remember Mario Lemieux had a press conference saying Mr.Basillie was no longer interested in purchasing the team and thats when he went to Kansas to see what kind of deal he would get there and see the new arena.

I strongly believe that Mr.Basillie will be successful in the purchase and moving the Preds to Hamilton after next season.

Go Hamilton Preds Go!
Jimmy, 2007-06-25 09:37:19

Is Balsillie smart? With the Blackberry yes, doesn't mean he knows hockey business. He's failed twice now. Why, because he showed his cards too early. Or maybe he never intended to move the team to hamilton but he got thousands of people to give him deposits on something that doesn't exist and keep that money and invest it while spending none of his own money. Now thats smart. You also have to understand franchises, which is what an NHL team is. When you buy a team, you are guaranteed a no competition clause for your area so the league doesn't sell your fans to someone else. Hamilton falls within the leafs and sabres area. A potential owner needs permission from them before it is ok'd. As a leaf share holder, would you want to allow another team in your revenue area? NEVER EVER WILL HAMILTON GET A TEAM. Balsillie has purchased land in St Jacobs (Waterloo) just outside the leafs area and the Leafs and the NHL know this. So they are doing everything to prevent his ownership.
wayne, 2007-06-25 08:22:08

Mike, are you serious about Southern Ontario not deserving an NHL team but Kansas or Las Vegas does ? I guess Hamilton selling out every night is bad for the NHL and having empty seats in Kansas ( second time for them ) and Las Vegas is good. If these so called successful businessmen ( Synder, Wirtz and Jacobs ) think like that still they must be losing their minds. When will people like Mike start to realize that americans dont care about hockey and never will. Bring teams from the USA to Canada where they should be and playing in front of full areans instead of half empty buildings like in: Carolina, Florida, Atlanta, New York, New Jersey, St.Louis, Phoenix, LA Kings. Bettman will never get a good tv deal in the USA because hockey isnt even a top ten sport down there! Move any of the 3 teams I mentioned to Canada and put them in Hamilton, Winnipeg and Quebec City. Hamilton would be a great addition for a number of reasons ie rivals for:Buffalo,Toronto and Ottawa ( should have been our team ). Also it would force the Leafs to finally start putting alot better product on the ice or they will start seeing empty seats in Make Believe Land while Hamilton is packed every night. Nashville is an elite team finishing third overall last year I believe, that must drive Leaf fans crazy knowing a true cup contender could be just down the 401 in Steel Town! Mr.Basillie's deal is not dead, just the owner in Nashville wants him to sign a deal to purchase the Preds while Mr.Basillie wants to see if he will be able to move the team before he buys it. Sounds like a good idea to me on Mr.Basillie's part. Mr.Basillie is a very intelligent man with 2 degree's, it isnt a fluke that he is a billionaire ( actually 1.6 billion is his net worth ).

Go Hamilton Preds Go!!!
Jimmy, 2007-06-24 14:56:23

I believe that Balsillie, will get a team, and bring them closer to his home. That will be the end of Betman, so, Waterloo resident that I am, its a win win.
Bill, 2007-06-24 00:45:42

We could all benefit from feeling hopeful.

Go Jim!


Beaver, 2007-06-23 17:06:23

The move to the Hamilton area would be wrong for the league, there are far better options, and I am glad that the deal for Balsillie fell through. If there are going to be any relocations of teams to Canada they should start by going to Winnipeg, or Quebec first before they move into Southern Ontario. I remember seeing an interveiw with someone from the league and they said the perfect number of teams would be 32. There is just no room for another team in southern Ontario, when they can add teams to Winnipeg, Quebec, Kansas city, Las Vegas. Just because the people of southern Ontario want another team does not mean it is a good idea for the league and it does not matter who is in charge of the league a team is never going to move to southern Ontario. Mr Balsillie can have his team all he wants but he and the people of southern ontario should just stop living in the delusion and realize that no matter how much the yell and scream and stomp there feet in anger they are never going to get a team, not at least until the league enters 4 other markets first.
Mike, 2007-06-23 16:36:53

Well first off let me state that anyone who thinks that a move like this would apur the T.M.L.to grater heights is sadly mistaken.Secondly Jim Balsillie dose not have the finess to pull this little capper off...unfortunate for the true hockey fans of southern Ontario we will continue to suufer in silance as is the custom
Fausto, 2007-06-23 08:01:02

Guess I live in another era. Oh what do i see, offer put on hold. Guess I have no clue. Or maybe Balsille doesn't. Strike two for the genius.
wayne, 2007-06-23 02:16:45

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