The news of the evening has been Jim Balsillie’s constant yearnings for a hockey team. On the heels of the Coyotes filing for bankruptcy, he’s made a pretty impressive push for the franchise.
Now this is certainly something we’ve seen before, but it’s pretty clear that this is his best organized and well timed effort yet. With ownership nowhere to be found the Coyotes clearly have a need, and the support the City of Phoenix has given the franchise pales in comparison to Pittsburgh or Nashville.
Most importantly, Balsillie is getting better at this whole franchise-stealing thing. He’s clearly making a regional effort out of this, and getting some support generated is an important part of the process. When he tried to step in and take the Penguins and Predators it seemed like a one man show. This time he’s going about things a bit differently, and I think the NHL will have to take notice because of it.
I don’t think a franchise in Southern Ontario will be good for the Sabres, but I doubt that’s what the league takes into consideration first of foremost. They need an owner, and right now there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of outcry in Arizona just yet.
Either way, the franchise has plenty of portability value in their roster, and would make for an exciting hockey team if they were given some stability somewhere. I have a feeling that all this gets figured out sometime before October, if you know what I mean.