Balsillie still lurking
Balsillie's setbacks notwithstanding, several investment bankers who specialize in the sports industry said there's still a good chance he will wind up with an NHL team.There are some ugly ownership situations in the league at the moment, but the relocation part would be the toughest hurdle. I can't see, for instance, the NHL wanting to leave huge markets like Phoenix, Atlanta or Miami, regardless of how poorly they've done at the gate lately.
As concerns about the stalling U.S. economy continue to percolate, as many as half of the NHL's 30 teams – a group headlined by the Phoenix Coyotes, the Atlanta Thrashers and the Predators – could be available.
If Jim Balsillie had his heart set on owning an American team in the U.S., he would have had one by now.