As many as eight National Hockey League teams have been in discussions or made overtures to Jim Balsillie in recent months about a possible sale or minority partnership with the Canadian billionaire, sources say.
"The commissioner made it very clear he does not want Jim in the league under any circumstances. Period."
"Maybe Mr. Rodier would be better off confining his comments to subject matters as to which he might have some small level of knowledge; this subject isn't one of them."
The Post story gets into the fact there are some real problems with the American economy which might lead to ownership groups getting out of hockey — but a lot of those situations will not be good fits for Balsillie. Several struggling franchises, like Phoenix, for example, have long-term arena leases that would be very difficult to break.
It's also likely the NHL would fight a team moving from an American market with a large population base like Phoenix, Miami or Atlanta.
The two teams with the most troubled ownership at the moment are Nashville and Tampa Bay, but new groups are just taking over there and won't be in a bind to sell immediately.