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Is the Moving Truck Booked? [Jun. 17th, 2007|09:17 pm]


Just wondering what your thoughts are about the possibility of the Preds packing up and heading north. Anyone?

I'm surprised there is nothing in the community from the past couple weekds addressing the purchase of the Preds by Jim Balsilie.

From: craysfield_road
2007-06-19 03:52 am (UTC)
the NHL will not allow a move if the mathematical numbers show a serious negative affect on the city. bettman's never allowed a team to move if it would hurt the city, even though the league would be helped.... about the only thing he's good at.

i really don't think that the league wants the headache of restructuring the divisions and conferences right now, so i don't think a move would be this season, but maybe one of the next ones
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[User Picture]From: sesana
2007-06-20 02:33 am (UTC)
Personally, I'm trying to remain zen about this. There's not much I can do, so I'll do what little I can and try to avoid screaming rages.

What we can do is go to games. Lots of games. As many as possible, and convince as many other people as possible to do the same. The contract the team has with Nashville has a clause that says that if average paid attendance per game drops below 14,000 (as it did this season), and the owner of the team notifies the city within a certain amount of time of the end of the season (I believe it's 60 days, which would be right about now, actually) that he intends to invoke this clause, and the average paid attendance per game does not rise about 14,000 in the following season, the owner can then move the team and give the city a few million. The Preds will be in Nashville this season. Unless Liepold (because the sale has not yet been approved, Balsillie is not yet the owner in the eyes of the league) invokes the clause in the next very short period of time, they will be in Nashville next season, too.

This is all, of course, provided that the league actually approves the purchase, which has not yet happened. I won't speculate on that one, but I will point out that his previous attempt to purchase the Penguins fell through. Also, Balsillie has recently started taking deposits for season tickets for the Preds in Hamilton, Ontario. Obviously, this means he'll move the team if he can. It also means that his arrogance may severely annoy the league officials, which could work out really well for us.
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