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06-07-2007, 01:21 AM
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Balsillie's lawyer was on Prime Time Sports on the Fan 590 in Toronto and it's a very interesting interview.
He believes that they would NOT have to pay territorial rights to either Buffalo or Toronto...particularly Buffalo, if the team relocated to Hamilton.
Also, he (not in so many words) says the board of governors has already approved the relocation of the Preds, otherwise he would not have paid the money he did.
Apparently the $220 million was a low figure and he actually paid more.
He's insane if he thinks they wouldn't have to. If that were the case, the Ducks would be knocking on the Kings' door right about now, looking for the money THEY paid because of territorial infringement.
Not that it matters. If you're getting your hopes up for an NHL team in Hamilton, you're getting played just as badly as us. You're a pawn, just like us.
And as far as the BOG approving the relocation, either he's lying, delusional...or you are. There's been no vote yet, nor can there be any such vote because he DOES NOT EVEN OWN THE TEAM YET. Unless Leipold did him a favor and ran it by the board, just because that's the kind of guy he is, there is not a shred of truth to it.
Look, I know you're hopeful about having an NHL team to root for, but if you can't get your facts straight or at least choose who you believe a little better, you're going to be in for just as much heartache as we could possibly be looking at, a couple years from now.
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