The immortal Commish
If you didn't catch the lastest news please let me inform you. The midget a.k.a Bettman has stated that he would rather see the Yotes be moved to Winnipeg than Hamilton, stating that the newer arena would better suit an NHL team. He's more than likely using this excuse to cover his true motive. The likelihood of the team moving for the 09-10 season is unlikely. Either way Balsillie is willing to keep the team in the desert for one more season, but the NHL will cover any losses (I heard this on the NHL network and was too lazy to look for the article to back it up).
The Article also states:
His sworn statement was one of several documents submitted to the Arizona bankruptcy court by Moyes's lawyers on Friday. In one filing, the NHL is accused of looking out for its own interests rather than those of the creditors who would be paid if Jim Balsillie's US$212.5-million bid to purchase the team was allowed to go through.
The only thing I can think of is he wants to protect the markets for the Sabres and the Leafs. I don't see the Leafs suffering any (even if the team was moved in next door) but the Sabres fan base has quite a few Canadians who jump the border to support the Sabres.
Also speaking of supporting a team, there are only about 500 in the desert who support the Yotes. I am no mathematician but 500 isn't a large number when you're speakin' business. The city of Winnipeg also had a rally but the entire city showed up to that one. Something like 30,000 people to keep the team in Winnipeg. I'm just taking TSN's word on it.
Either way how this goes down the Yotes have only one more season before it dies in the desert. Lets make it a good one and go out with a bang. Or am I getting a little ahead of myself?