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Your reaction to Coyotes court ruling?
Thu, October 1, 2009

Billionaire Jim Balsillie is now 0-for-3 in his attempts to be a National Hockey League owner and Hamilton is oh-for-two decades in its attempts to house an NHL franchise.

And who knows now when any of that is going to change?

That was the sombre reality of the non-decision decision made by U.S. bankruptcy court Judge Redfield T. Baum, who rejected Balsillie's very public bid for the Phoenix Coyotes without prejudice yesterday and also rejected the NHL's bid, leaving it a back-door entrance should it choose to tie up the loose ends of its bid, with which the judge was clearly uncomfortable.

Baum gave the NHL some hope -- and at least control of this situation -- while at the same time striking Balsillie out of the game as a potential purchaser of the bankrupt Coyotes.

U.S. judge blocks Balsillie bid



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I'm a hockey fan from pre-schools days on the means treets of Buffalo, and sympathize with my Canadian fanmates.

But firts lest get a couple principles established:

The NHL is not going to push to move original teams until Global Warming has put almost everyone underwater.

Canada ought to have a couple more teams again, but so should other fan based hockey-starbved areas.

Winnipeg YES, and Hamilton-SURE, why not - the area could probably support the additional team (Sabres deserve one more era to survive and become more than the Farm Team of the League).

So two more Candian Teams, ....but lets be fair to south of the border-where the money, TV markets and future athlete pool abound- HARTFORD didnt deserve to be abandoned for amrketing to NASCAR Fans in a College Auditorium, and the pacific NW has the fans and markets- but not Seattle, PORTLAND- the hockey base is there more so than in Seattle, where even the NBA couldnt sustain.

That's four teams, a balance of Canada & US/ Eats & West, time zones etc.

Where to get them?

Arizona- Tennessee-and the other two- new franchises &/or moves when economies turn better again.


Paul, 2009-06-03 15:55:51

The NHL will never be back in Canada. Canada is not that important to the USA TV networks. All the NHL wants is a big TV deal. They don't care about how the game is losing its base. They don't care if the game is losing its identity. They don't care if they alienate Canadians who supply 56% of the players.

The NHL as it stands now is a joke.
Rob, 2009-06-03 12:04:36

Hamilton has the population to support a team...period. If not, Hamilton my next pick would be Winnipeg. if not there either, only then maybe try Saskatchewan.
gerry, 2009-06-02 10:41:42

If Balsillie had any brains he'd move the team to Saskatchewan. It's a very rich province (arena costs) with wall to wall hockey fans. Regina, Saskatoon or halfway between the two. The Saskatchewan Blackberries has a nice ring.
Al, 2009-05-30 11:41:52

GO HAMILTON, even to a tried-and-true Leaf hater, that one has been done so many times that it should be retired to the Old Hookers Home. It ceased being funny about 20 years ago!
GaryO., 2009-05-29 18:58:01

To all the people from Manitoba, be careful what you wish for.Going to an NHL game (in Calgary) is not what it's cracked up to be,first you have to stand in line almost the whole intermission to get a cup of beer, luke warm and not filled to the top that's $5 and change,next a hot dog somewhere around $4, again standing in line,I don't know why they call it a hot dog when it should be called a luke warm hot dog so dried out and on a stale bun you have to gulp your beer down as to not choke,then off to the bathroom to once again stand in line to take a pee, then it's back to the seats where the 2 girls behind me talk incessantly, not paying attention to the game but what happened at the office that day,along with the 2 teens in front of me so drunk they don't even know what period it is, then you look around at all the corporate suites where they pay little attention to the game and are busy seeing who's going to nail the new secretary and pigging out on yes once again over priced lousy finger fun, then it's back to the car where you paid stupid amounts of money to park just to get into walking distance of the rink, and once again being stuck in traffic that is so congested it takes a hour to get home and on top of all that you've just dropped a couple hundred dollars on seats watching a team go into the tank cause they don't like their coach (as we have found out)which is the reason, one of many, that they didn't show up, sound like fun? I don't think so Tim.....
Ed, 2009-05-29 13:13:33

I don't get it, good on Balsillie for trying to get a another team in Canada,but he just can't buy a team, move them to Canada and then say I want to join your league, this all has to be approved by the league or board of govenors and they aren't going to do that period, am I missing something here...
Ed, 2009-05-29 12:16:45

Wanting to put a team in KW is not "anti Hamilton", just a good fit. Balsillie is located there for one. Also, if done right you could probably locate outside the 80km exclusion zone the NHL apparently has and save giving the richest team in the NHL even more millions to spend on not winning the Cup. The KW economy is better, the only advantage that Hamilton has is that it's closer to a larger number of potential fans.
Rick W., 2009-05-29 11:49:53

Joe Winnipegonian seems to have to get a grip. If he wants to separate because he doesn't have a hockey team (I guess the Moose don't count) then there's 5 other provinces who probably want out as well. If Winnipeg can't make a financial case for keeping a team then they shouldn't have one. If they can, then get on board and show Bettman the money. But probably nobody in the country has more disposable income than Balsillie these days so you certainly can't fault him for wanting to spend it.

But maybe his monicker is more true than lately. With Quebec, then Alberta all throwing a hissy fit and wanting to separate because they didn't get their way, maybe it is now becoming Canadian to be fair-weather patriots.
Rick W., 2009-05-29 11:46:50

The trouble with locating an NHL team in Hamilton is that Toronto will want one too!
Go Hamilton, 2009-05-29 11:36:47

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