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
Hamilton hosts a preseason game every year. Last year 2000+ attended. I would love a team in Hamilton or Kitchener. Just know it won't happen. Far more people live closer to Buffalo (including Canadians) and last year they didn't sell out every game, and they led the league, previous year was even worse. This has nothing to do woth deserve and want. It has to do with economics. The leafs and buffalo have nothing to gain from this and only lose fans. Market just doesn't include seats, its TV and crap too.
Wayne, 2007-06-21 13:30:08
The Leafs dont deserve to be the only NHL team in southern Ontario, hockey is Canada's game, if New York City area can have 3 teams, California can have 3 teams,why should the Leafs be the only team in Southern Ontario ? The Leafs need a better and closer rival than Ottawa and Buffalo to wake them up and start putting a better product on the ice.
I think Richard Peddie has too much input on the hockey side of things, Leafs should hire Muckler as a consultant, he has tons of experience and is a winner. But they wont and will continue to be a poor NHL team for years and years to come!!!!
James, 2007-06-21 10:15:36
If you think the leafs are going to allow another team to set up shop one hour or less from them, you are living in LaLa land. If you haven't noticed, the Leafs heavily influence the NHL, and they Heavily influence the broadcasting. But you think some billionare can change that. He had to fight to get his nose in the door and buy a failing team, and that will be severely pressured to keep the team away from leaf land. Hamilton can't support anything, get 2000 fans out to a preseason game. Bulldogs don't even sell out and they win. Kitchener boasts sell out crowds for their OHL team. But they also win, ticket sales do go down when they don't contend. And that's a 4000 seat arena with $12 seats. Try $50 to $200 for 20,000 and see how they struggle 5 years from now after the honeymoon is over. Oh and since people in this area are already hockey fans buying tickets (don't give me you can't, buffalo was empty until two years ago) and jerseys, you don't get new money, they just change from leaf fans or buffalo fans to waterloo or hamilton fans. No increase in dollars, which is what the league needs, just a transfer. But keep dreaming.
wayne, 2007-06-21 09:07:45
To me the Leafs are killing hockey in Southern Ontario, they are old, slow and a bore to watch. If I have choice between 2 games I would choose the game not involving the Leafs no matter who they are playing. Last year was the first time since I started watching hockey as a little boy that I couldnt watch the entire Leaf game, I would just put the game on to see the score then go back to watching a movie. The Leafs better start putting a better product on the ice and start making the playoffs or they will start losing future generations of fans to the more entertaining Raptors!! I will admit I am not a basketball fan but I would watch the last couple minutes of there games and cheered them on in the playoffs.
This coming from someone in his mid 30's that started playing hockey when I was 6 years old. I use to live, eat and breathe hockey but slowly I am losing interest in hockey mostly due to the Leafs.
James, 2007-06-21 08:46:46