The Preds' other suitor
Somehow missed in all of the excitement is the fact that Jim Balsillie wasn't the only one angling for the Nashville franchise:
Also bidding for the team was a group including Anschutz Entertainment Group, which had hoped to move the team to Kansas City, Mo. ...The significance here? The NHL had a choice between Balsillie (Southern Ontario) and Anschutz (Kansas City), and the Canadian bid won out.
The impending sale, if approved, would be a blow to efforts by Kansas City and Anschutz Entertainment Group, which has been looking for an NHL team to move into a new $276 million arena that will open this fall in downtown Kansas City. AEG, which also owns the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, already has sold all the arena's corporate suites as well as the naming rights to the building, now called the Sprint Center.
It's a telling detail, one that would seem to indicate the league is on board with whatever Balsillie's plans are for the franchise.