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
Another team in the area would only benefit the fans, the Canadian content in the league, and future rivalries with the closer teams.
However, it will never ever happen. Gary "The Putz" will never allow a US team to vacate its martket and move north. He coverts his US stability and will do nothing to change that. As well, he believes hockey in Canada is already strong enough (which it is but thats besides the point). In his view, there is no NEED to get another Canadian team and instead will focus on growing the US market.
I'd be willing to be money no the fact that if Nashville went bankrupt and Basillie wanted to move it, he would never be allowed to move it to Canada. But I bet he would be allowed to move it to Kansas or Vegas or some other city.
It's a great dream but I just dont see it happening. Not with Gary at the helm.
Chad, 2007-05-24 09:13:01