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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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Hamilton CAN'T have a professional hockey team!! If they get one - then TORONTO will want one too !! LOL GO HABS GO !!
Carl Gustav, 2007-06-20 23:55:37

What better place to locate an NHL hockey team than the hotbed of hockey...Southern Ontario! I've already purchased my 2 lower bowl tickets, because I knew they wouldn't last long. Balsillie knows the Kitchener-Waterloo market is the right choice for another team in Southern Ontario and I'm hoping Hamilton's just a stopping ground until a new state-of-the-art facility can be built in Waterloo Region. I think this is Jim's long term plan. The place would be sold out every night, and the comments that it would hurt the Toronto Maple Leafs is quite the opposite. It will only create most interest for the leafs and maybe they will wake up and put a real team on the ice. Bring them home Jim!!! We love you!
Mike, 2007-06-19 15:26:42

Yes a second team can exist in Southern Ontario. Just imagine the rivarlies between Buffalo, Hamilton and Toronto, good luck trying to get a ticket to any of them games, especially Toronto and Hamilton! Leafs dont want a team here because they want all of the Southern Ontario market for themselves, well to bad for them. If the Preds do end upin Hamilton it will really be a wake up call to the Leafs because they will have to improve their team over night to compete for the ticket revenue with the Raptors and Preds. That is a good thing if you are a Leafs fan I think. Who to go see, a playoff team like the Preds who came second in the very tough western conference or an old, slow team like the Leafs ? Tough decision, not!

I think Mr.Balsillie is a very smart business man and knows something we arent aware of.I believe he can pull it off and move the Preds to Hamilton and not pay the Leafs or Sabres any teritory money or very little if anything. His lawyer isnt some guy that just graduated law school last year, he is probably the best money can buy. Mr.Balsillie has more money than he knows what to do with so I think there is no stopping him once he makes his mind up on an idea. All the power to Mr.Balsillie!!

Its about time there was a change in the " old boys club" ie Wirtz, Snider etc and Mr.Balsillie is that guy, he will be like a breath of fresh air with new ideas on how to make the NHL better.

Go Hamilton Predators GO!!
Jimmy, 2007-06-17 22:19:56

if a team moves to Canada from the US it should go where the fans are not where companies with tax write offs are.

so if it go to Hamilton the people of that area need to support it by going to games and cheering. not sitting on your hands or laptops like most companies ticket holders
roger, 2007-06-16 14:41:43

I think he's just some billionaire who wants a hockey team. Moving it to Hamilton is a great idea. It's Canada's game!
HabsFan, 2007-06-16 14:00:36

I was in Southern Ontario over the Christmas period for the first time in over 10 years and the growth of the cities between Toronto and London amazed me. Mr Balsillie should forget Hamilton and move the Predators to Cambridge or Kitchener-Waterloo. It is one hour from London and one hour from Toronto with over 2 million in population. Hamilton will cost too much in territorieal payments and deplete Buffalo's fan base. This area is a win-win situation.
Jim Bennett, 2007-06-15 23:16:10

I think this is great...for hockey and the people of Ontario...hopefully a start of more Canadian based teams...the greatest game on earth supported by the best country and people...well done Jim !
Lorne, 2007-06-15 22:07:23

Mr. Balsillie may just be the person that can save the NHL from further failure in an uninterested southern US market. If Hamilton will ever have a solid chance of getting a team, this is it.
Peter D, 2007-06-15 19:31:42

Kudos to Mr. Balsillie for having the moxy to tell the Leafs to stuff it!

I am sick and tired of the Leafs putting an overpriced and underperforming product on the ice. If anything the Preds will force the leafs to do better 'cause they finally have some competition! I just hope Buffalo Sabres can survive.


AR, 2007-06-15 16:02:47

Given how poorly the Leafs treat their fans (and not just the ones who eat sushi and leave their seats empty at the start of the second period), having an NHL team in Hamilton would be a godsend for hockey fans in the area.
Ruben, 2007-06-15 15:16:52

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