I would love to see another team in southern Ontario, whether its in Northern Toronto, Hamilton or whatnot. Although signing a petition is silly, is that really going to be the difference between Phoenix moving to SO.
Please come to Hamilton... I will finally be able to see my beloved Sens and not have to pay ridiculous ticket prices at the ACC. It would also rid Hamilton of a lot of bandwagon Pittsburgh fans and the Leafers.
Bettman is so steadfast in refusing to move teams because it shows a weakness in the league, and he will go to Hell and back before he lets that happen.
All that being said, it would really suck for the fans (all 13 of them) in Phoenix to lose their team, and, not to mention the city of Glendale, who ponied up over $100 million to build the frigging stadium there. I'm sure they would seek some sort of payment even if the team declares bankruptcy. As it stands right now, there is something like a 30 year agreement between the Yotes and the city, and it is due to pay something like $3 million a year, PLUS all of the parking revenue. I would have to imagine that the Yotes are nowhere near worth $212 million, and that a large chunk of that is to go to the city.
I would also love for the team to go to Winnipeg, but, I'm not convinced that the city would support the team in the long run. The most practical location is in southern Ontario.
You would have to think that the NHL will have to approve Balsile's offer, only because who in their right mind is going to invest in a team that loses $30 million a year?
Possible Names for New Club:
Hamilton Ice Tigers
Hamilton Ice Steelhawks
Hamilton Ice Steelers
Hamilton Ice Dukes
Hamilton Ice Majors
Hamilton Steel Pats
Hamilton Balsillies of Steel