Duhatschek weighs in
Balsillie has to be careful not to overplay his hand here. Probably in his business, he's used to doing deals in double time — hence his courtship of the city of Hamilton and the Copps Coliseum, even before he's approved as an NHL owner. Things operate differently in the professional hockey world, where patience is more than just a virtue. It's a required element.
The sooner he gets that, the better off he'll be.