Did Bettman block Balsillie?
This is something that's been discussed here and elsewhere before, but the story of the day is Scott Burnside's piece at ESPN.com on a series of emails obtained from discussions between Jim Balsillie's representation and Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold:
In a series of e-mails obtained by ESPN.com, Leipold and Rodier discuss Bettman's alleged involvement in the breaking off of negotiations between the two sides and the commissioner's uneasiness with the prospect of a deal being signed between the two parties.
At the heart of the matter is a team whose sale will have repercussions for the NHL for years to come. The battle for ownership of the Nashville Predators might be the single-most important moment for the league in decades, even eclipsing in importance the lockout that scuttled the 2004-05 season.The Balsillie side has indicated that there is no plan in place to attempt to sue the NHL for what's occurred, but it's hard to believe that's not at least an option.