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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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There is a market with 6 million people with ONE team. That team sells out every single game simply by the sheer volume of people and limit of seating.

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

Judging by the dismal showing of support for the red hot Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) I would have to rethink my position. I once thought Hamilton could easily support an NHL team. Now I am not so sure.
Wade, 2007-05-24 09:07:21

Word is, Balsillie has purchased a ton of land locally for a new stadium.Not RIM buildings! It's coming.Leafs you're toast.
Barry, 2007-05-24 08:54:42

I would say the leafs would improve if they had some competition - and the fans would benefit by being able to see a game for a reasonable price!
Dave, 2007-05-24 07:15:20

A team could easily be handled in a crazed market like hamilton. Are surrounding areas include London, Kitchener, Flamborough, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls. Why would anyone have any doubt?
Sam, 2007-05-24 07:12:22

Hamilton and the Western Suburbs of Toronto has over a million people. Most of these people are hockey crazed, and wealthy, so I think a team could easily exist outside the bubble of Toronto.
burt, 2007-05-24 02:08:11

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