David Shoats has managed to do the impossible. He's taken the attention away from Brian Burke today, as the
It's mostly anonymous source said this, unnamed official suggested that, but Shoats reports that Jim Balsillie would be rewarded an expansion team in Toronto after he helped to restore financial stability to the Nashvilles.
The team would be in Toronto, not Hamilton or Kitchener or whatever empty field RIM-man could find that was one-mile outside of the Leafs' territory.
Hamilton is a little too minor league it would seem and way too close to the Buffalo Sabers season ticket base.
There is already way too much being said about this. It's clear to anyone with functioning cognitive abilities that you could probably put 10 NHL teams in Southern Ontario and their attendance rank would be 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,10,13 and 14.
The problem, of course, is that "functioning cognitive abilities" is not a prerequisite for working in hockey. The ability to dig hard in the corners is considered far more important in hockey management circles than "think" is, actually. NHL head office is either made up of Americans who got mixed up when they went to send their resume to David Stern, or Canadians who are scared of their own country.
So, don't bet on it happening. Las Vegas, maybe, but Toronto will see another Stanley Cup championship before it sees another team.