Sorry guys. Now you know how Devils fans felt in 95 when you were supposed to get our team. It's a terrible feeling.
This Basille guy clearly wants to bring another team to Ontario, he wanted the Pens to move but Bettman wouldn't allow it. But what can Bettman do about this? Isn't there a clause that says if the Preds don't sell a certain amount of tix that the team can relocate?
I've never understood all the crap Nashville gets for ticket sales. People for some reason expect fan bases to be built overnight. I can remember how people said they didnt want the Pens to move because of their historyh, but part of that history was constant struggles, on and off the ice, until Lemieux came along. Then the fan abse really built.
A fan base takes time, especially when you spend years building through the draft and getting good.
I really think the Preds are getting the short end of the stick and I really do not want to see them leave.
the only thing we can hope is that the league steps in and does the same thing they did with the Penguins....but the black cloud this will develop will be devastating...though again, if this DOES fall through, we know what Leipold's intentions are now, anyway.
LOL. I think my original message may have been a bit too subtle for some fans to pick up on. Sorry. I shouldn't have emphasized it. Sometimes, it helps to be more direct (just so everyone knows where I'm coming from).
Originally Posted by nomorekids
This guy likely has as little intention of putting the team in Winnipeg as he does keeping it in Nashville. Sorry to break that to you.
But, as I stated earlier, I also would like another team in Canada. I'm also quite familiar with Balsillie's intentions.
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One thing is for sure, this cat brings a lot more coin to the table than Leipold. And yes, he can put this team in his backyard if he so chooses.
One saving grace...may just be this city. A lot of business is moving here and is fast growing area, this is a great place to live. Leipold and crew screwed the pooch with corporate ticket sales.... and this guy is a marketing genius. Let's see how this plays out for a few weeks before we start the I give up talk.
He can win some fans and corporate interest if he comes into freee agency swinging.....if.
I will always love hockey but after today, I'll never support the NHL again.
I feel your pain. Honestly. As an Edmonton fan living with the threat of relocation over my teams head for most of the 90's, it's the worst feeling in the world. However, I think you need to judge the NHL on what the league does to maintain the team in the city it's in now. By my reckoning, Bettman has set a new standard with the restrictions it put on Balsillie after his intent to purchase the Pens became public. And that was a for a franchise where frustration on the lack of resolution on the arena situation had dragged on for years and years. How would it look if Bettman backed up Balsillie's right to move without a wimper? A crock, that's what.
Anyway, please don't brush all Canadians with the same brush as Nashville nay sayers. I sincerely wish you guys well and hope you keep optimistic because I think there's a whole lot of things that have to happen before a new owner will be able to up and move the team.
I think there's zero chance the Leafs or even Sabres would allow a team in Ontario...but I'm more nervous about Kansas City starting to salivate again.
On the positive side, I doubt Ballsille gives a damn about Kansas City, and he certainly doesn't need their money so he won't be persuaded that way. If it were between Nashville and KC he'd be much better off staying put.
Despite what has been said about Balsillie wanting to move Pittsburgh and everyone assuming he will do the same with Nashville there is simply no proof that he had or has any intention of moving the Penguins or the Predators.
The conditions made by Bettman for the Penguins sale so so absurd anyone would have walk away. Remember Bettman made a condition of the sale that:
a) the Pens couldn't be moved regardless of the circumstances. That isn't a very smart thing to do while attempting to negotiate a new arena deal as it removes the only thing the team can negotiate with. Just imagine trying to make a deal when you literally have no bargaining chips.
b) That the league could take over the franchise for whatever reason they wanted whenever they deemed it necessary. In other words they really own the team, you just pay the bills.
Regardless, I hope this works out for the fans of the Predators. You guys deserve to have this team.
To put a positive perspective on this news, I think there is a good chance that the Board of Governors would block a move to Canada. With the NHL struggling to grow in the US, it makes no sense for the NHL to move a promising team in a relatively new market out of the country. Sure, attendance isn't great, but it's not terrible either, and the team hasn't been around for all that long.
Also, I think its unlikely that Balsille has any desire to move them to KC or any other US city, so I wouldn't worry about that.
Based on this, I'd say its far from a sure thing that this team is going to move. And I think it would be a shame if the NHL lets them go.
Hey guys, cheer up! Maybe this move will work out for you guys. I mean, the guy does have a lot of money. Nashville and its fan base is growing every year...possibly that could convince him to stay! And even if he wants to move, I am sure that the NHL will do anything in its power to stop him.