Who backs Balsillie?
Sources indicate that between five and 10 NHL governors have already expressed their support for the Balsillie bid, either directly or through intermediaries. A majority vote is needed to reject a sale.
So the Balsillie camp will now begin reaching out to governors through back channels, seeking out support. At the meeting, New Jersey's Lou Lamoriello and Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks apparently pushed back at Mr. Bettman, so that is somewhere to start.