Jim Balsillie Has Company in Quest For Hamilton- The Thrashers

What a surprise, Hamilton is not Jim Balsillie’s for the taking. Great job by the Hamilton Spectator for digging this one out. A Vancouver group is looking at your Atlanta Thrashers as a potential target with the intention of moving them to…………..drum roll……….HAMILTON

“But an inside hockey source told The Spectator that Tom Gaglardi is interested in moving the Thrashers to Hamilton, possibly in time for the 2010 season. Gaglardi heads River City Hockey Inc., a group including NHL stars Jerome Iginla, Mark Recchi, Shane Doan and Darryl Sydor, which purchased the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League in 2007. A source confirmed this week that Gaglardi, president of Northland Properties, the parent company of Sandman Hotels, is the key principal in the second hockey group interested in Hamilton. Gaglardi failed in his bid to buy the Vancouver Canucks five years ago. Hamilton is suddenly a hot property for people looking at the possibility that some financially troubled NHL teams may be looking to relocate.”

This is going to be an amazing couple of months for the commish and the NHL. Teams are struggling in ways never imagined before and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. What happens if people start lining up to buy them at prices set by Jim Balsillie, but only if the can move them?? Then what will the little man do???

“There are now rumours of as many as five groups looking at Hamilton and Copps Coliseum for an NHL team.”

That is amazing. Balsillie may be the looking to make it seven, but what about 8?? No seriously. We hear all the time about teams in trouble. Could this be the start of the floodgates being opened??

Buckle up! This should be fun

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May 9, 2009 4:22 pm

Conspicuously absent from the article- any comments from anyone tied to the Thrashers. They aren’t for sale, and can’t be as long as the owners are suing each other.

May 9, 2009 4:41 pm

Wow! It’s amazing that so many groups want to put an NHL team in Hamilton…even in this recession..

If a few Southern NHL teams have to move, after a second team in southern Ontario, does anyone think Montreal could support a second team as well? They have over 3 million people, and only really one big time team now. There are cities with 3 or 4 teams with smaller populations…

May 9, 2009 10:42 pm

Given the size of the Southern Ontario market, the interest in hockey and the amount of money to be made it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Balsillie isn’t the only one trying to bring an NHL team into that market.

Balsillie may have made the calculation that first one in wins, and he’s willing to be more aggressive and use the courts to plant the first stake.

As I posted on my blog, don’t equate the NHL’s rejection of Balsillie with the rejection of a seventh team in Canada.

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