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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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Dave last year the dollar was actually higher than the us dollar making it really cheap at the sabres and attendance sucked. its now back to 90cents tickets and beer are still cheaper and attendance still sucks.
wayne, 2009-05-18 07:40:04

sports writer in toronto just wrote a story and said the same thing i did.

He said move it to kitchener instead and that makes more sense.
wayne, 2009-05-18 07:32:28

Living in Ottawa, I have made many many trips down, first old Hwy 17 and now the 417 to Montreal, and consider that city my home away from home. Always something to do and never once - once - running into a language situation. A joie de vivre not seen in any other Canadian city.

Toronto, on the other hand, may as well be on the moon for all I care. Large, sprawling, cold, mostly dirty city sprinkled with ethnic ghettos and which offers little to attract anyone.

No comparison.
Gary O., 2009-05-17 20:55:56

I believe Phoenix Coyotes should come to Canada, preferably Ontario, Kitchener or Hamilton, not Winnipeg. Kitchener or Hamilton are hockey cities, have been for decades and have been succesful at it. The fan base is there as well as the financial support from the communities. As for Toronto and Buffalo negativity, get over yourselves and let the games begin.
Chuck, 2009-05-17 08:54:01

Jason,

So much you know. Talk about facts. June 21rst is the first day of summer this year.

If you ever came to Montreal and spoke to people as you write - no one would bother with you

as your statement shows your own ignorance.

Who are you to classify a city of people when you can't even figure

out which season it is?

You don't have to like the Habs at all - you could hate the Habs - same with Montreal... or Quebec for that matter...

no one will really care - here, or wherever your from.

Sorry if I offended you, but I still want that address.


Andy V., 2009-05-16 06:50:28

Anywhere in southern Ontario would be great at least that way we would not have to wait 2 years to get a chance to see a Leafs game not to mention

the long drive.
Andre, 2009-05-16 05:13:48

Its Jason Again,

Rick, Your get your facts straight, why would you defend Montreal? I went there this summer to see what Montreal was really like, The people there were ignorant.

- Andy V... Got some growing up, I see... "As for Habhater; give me your Mom's address - I have to slap her for bringing you into this world."

.. Like grow the hell up,

Whats with all you stupid fans of Montreal Canadians.

P.S: I dont care if it was "QUEBEC" that wanted to move and "MONTREAL" wanted to stay a part of CANADA. I couldn't be bothered. I do not like the HABS and NEVER will like the HABS. I have to admit though, SOME of those players are way to good to be on that team.

All for now.
Jason, 2009-05-15 22:14:44

"Hamilton fans do not pay to watch losing NHL clubs. The only pay to watch the leafs."

You say that like there's a difference :)

I saw on their website last year that they accepted Canadian money at par (I didn't look this year, just assumed it was the same). If they are no longer doing that then there would be another contributing factor to Canadian fans not going.

What I meant by the other stuff is Hamiltonians do not show an allegience to Buffalo, so if they can't get Leaf tickets the majority are not going to randomly go to a Sabres game just to see hockey anymore. They would all go to a Hamilton game.
Dave, 2009-05-15 20:22:38

Wayne,

You don't seem to know a lot about the Toronto market for hockey. A team in Hamilton would immediately have the second biggest base of fans to draw upon after the Leafs and would fill the rink every day. How you can compare finally having a team other than Toronto to cheer for with driving an hour, crossing the border and yuck, actually going to Buffalo, is beyond me. The fact that Hamilton people actually do this shows just how desperate they are. Ontario needs a couple of more teams or the poor teenagers will have no choice but to root on the Leaf futility for another 40 years. Talk about a have-not province.
Rick W., 2009-05-15 20:16:40

The question should not be "Do you support a seventh Canadian NHL franchise?", but "Would you buy tickets to watch a seventh NHL franchise?"
Shawn, 2009-05-15 19:34:01

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