I'd written half of a somewhat lengthy post on the Nashville Predators' woes earlier this week, only to have it lost to history when my PC did what it does best and crashed.
Revisiting and rewriting a subject in its entirety is something I almost never have the patience (or time) for, so I was glad to see today that Tom Benjamin tackled the recent articles on the Preds — and pretty much made the same points I'd wanted to.
The team's sweetheart arena deal is about the only reason we haven't heard more about Nashville's problems to date, and as Benjamin notes, with though the team playing so well, attendance is terrible.
Music City was a bad market to begin with, given its hockey history (several failed franchises from the CHL to the ECHL), and — as strange as this may sound — I wouldn't be surprised to see the Predators exit the NHL long before the Penguins ever do.
The only real problem? The Predators are genuine Stanley Cup contenders this season, and any sniff of a championship may be enough to keep them afloat longer than they would be otherwise.