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from the Mercury News,
The Nashville Predators spent the night before their game with the Sharks in a getting-to-know-you session with one of their prospective new owners, San Jose banker William “Boots” Del Biaggio.
Del Biaggio, who will no longer be a member of the Sharks ownership group if his new group’s bid to purchase the Predators is approved, treated the entire team and its road entourage to dinner at Sino, a Santana Row restaurant Friday.
“They haven’t had much of a sense of direction in the last year,” Del Biaggio said, referring to questions of ownership and the team’s future in Nashville. “I thought I’d give them a face of the new ownership group.”
From Sheila Wissner at The Tennessean,
While Nashville officials and the would-be owners of the Nashville Predators struggle to reach new terms for an arena lease, one man stands to walk away from it all with more than $30 million.
Team owner Craig Leipold, who says he’s unloading the hockey team because it’s a money-loser, would gain a windfall of more than three times his initial investment, according to an analysis by The Tennessean. That’s even after covering $70 million in operating losses Leipold has claimed.
*Very good overview of the ownership structure and financial origins of the team.
From The Tennessean,
If the Nashville Predators left town, they would leave behind a gaping hole in Sommet Center’s calendar that would be tough for the city to fill, some experts said.
But other observers said losing the Predators eventually could be turned into a positive for the arena and Metro taxpayers. [...]
By not having to block off at least 41 dates a year for hockey, Brown said, an arena might be able to draw concerts and other events that previously may not have stopped in the city because the arena was already booked.
Jim Balsillie is back in the running to buy the Nashville Predators.
The Research In Motion co-CEO is the owner of a group that has approached the NHL team with an offer to buy it if the deal with the current bidders fails.
According to a letter sent to Nashville’s Metro Sports Authority, Balsillie is now committed to keeping the team in Nashville and winning a Stanley Cup there.
a little more...
from Bob McKenzie at TSN,
Jordin Tootoo of the Nasvhille Predators takes a run at Phoenix rookie Daniel Winnik – and it says here Tootoo was targeting Winnik’s head – and it’s Coyote rookie Craig Weller who gets the match penalty for intent to injure on the play, because Weller clotheslined Tootoo after the hit….
But it’s the Tootoo hit that should be the real concern.
If ever there were a hit where it looked like a player was intentionally trying to hit someone in the head, this was it.
more... I haven’t seen the video of the play from last night, if anyone has a link, feel free to post it.
update 12:14pm, Thanks to KK member bcrt2000, we have a link…
If you are interested in what is going on with Nashville, the Nashville Scene has a long editorial sub-titled…
A fishy deal-in-progress threatens to throw good money after bad.
From John Glennon at the Tennessean,
When Paul Kariya signed with the Predators two summers ago, general manager David Poile called it a groundbreaking moment for the franchise. Sure enough, Kariya boosted the team’s ticket sales, led the Predators twice in a row in scoring and helped guide Nashville to two straight regular seasons of more than 100 points.
But largely because of the uncertainty involving the Predators ownership situation, Kariya has taken his talents a few hours away, where he’s already made an impact on a St. Louis organization seeking to regain respectability on the ice and in the community.
from the Tennessean,
“We realize we have to get goals different ways, but we have still been able create offense to this point,” Trotz said. “It might be a little surprising to some people, but there are different ways to attack a problem. We set out to have a certain type of team based on where we were with the hockey club. It’s two games into it, but we are going the right direction.”
Instead of loading up two lines, Trotz has outfitted each line with a bruiser, a creator and a finisher.
from the Tennessean,
“To be honest, it’s not great ice,’’ alternate captain J.P. Dumont said.
“It’s hard because it’s been hot in this building, and when you look around the league, everywhere it’s hot, the ice is going to be in that condition. … It’s not just about being able to make plays on the ice, but about injuries, too.’‘...
What the Predators could really use is a dehumidifier, an apparatus used in many NHL rinks to make the ice smoother and safer. Dehumidifiers are expensive, however, and the Predators have never purchased one.
via the Tennessean,
Predators defenseman Shea Weber has a dislocated kneecap and will be out of action for three to six weeks.
Weber suffered the injury in Thursday’s season opener when he twisted the knee after getting his skate caught in a rut in the ice.
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