Brunt: Blame the Leafs
Simply put, no other team is coming into Southern Ontario, because the Leafs don't want it to happen. The Toronto owners are guaranteed enormous profits no matter how their team performs on the ice. They are in many ways the chief beneficiaries of Bettman's new economic order, forced to pocket tens of millions of dollars that they would have spent on player salaries in the old, cap-less world, while watching their revenues go up and up and up (not to mention the windfall of the 90-cent-plus Canadian dollar).UPDATE The Globe's Ottawa-based sports reporter David Naylor had a related piece on five reasons the Predators will never come to Hamilton.
It's all good for them, and they don't plan on sharing, because they don't have to. It says so right in the NHL constitution.