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07-16-2013, 07:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Potrzebie View Post
I would think the team owner, but why would it matter? The point is that as it states in the league bylaws, the "deadline" for application to move a team of January of the year prior to the application can be waived or ignored by a simple majority BOG vote for a current or future owner, as it was for TNSE.

TNSE had to buy the team before they could file for a relocation application. Their purchase of the Coyotes or Thrashers had been pending for months, apparently. Even IF they had to get a relo approved before buying the team, it's not like they were the owners who could file an application. ASG, the owners at that time, had no interest in moving the team themselves, so obviously they weren't going to file an application for a relocation.

I think [perhaps] that the By-law refers to an existing owner who would like to move a team. If the NHL is leading the charge in finding a NEW owner and they're considering relocation, it's almost implied that the relocation has been approved by the BOG.

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