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02-26-2007, 10:20 PM
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I don't think Poile is misusing the money at all. He's going awesome with it. I just think Leipold and Poile have said things they probably regretted and hence have earned the anxst of quite a few hockey fans (the brilliant comment about spending only enough to qualify for the maximum under revenue sharing is probably top on that list).

Couple that with the belief many hold that Leipold was one of the central "advisors" to Bettman who forced the 04-05 season to be cancelled and there is a lot of (misplaced?) ill-will towards the owners and by proxy the franchise. The fact that it isn't self-supporting is just fuel to the fire.

Winning a series, or a Cup, won't stop any of it. The only way it stops is when the Preds win without having to get the NHL handout. Until then, most people will never give the franchise the credit it deserves.

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