I'm a petroleum geologist who spent twenty years working in Calgary and apparently I'm also a frustrated sports writer. I've watched organized sports since 1967. Since then I've been a diehard Montreal Canadiens fan. The Expos, Alouettes, Houston Oilers, Chicago Bears and Calgary Flames all came later. I had a share in two flames season tickets for the past ten years. I still harbour bitterness for MLB and the 94 strike because of what they did to my Expos. I'm not all that keen on what happened to my Oilers either so you might notice some vitriol when talk of corporate greed in sports or moving franchises to make an extra buck is mentioned. I'm also a little biaised in favour of the habs, the flames, and bears. I find my judgement is skewed when it comes to those teams. Generally I try to be fair and balanced.
I'm a hockey fan first and I'm a talent fan. It's more democratic to believe in teamwork ,hard work , sacrifice and dedication as the key path to success in team sports. I appreciate all those things and they are important and often essential. Talent though is what makes it fun ,makes it interesting and at times transcendent. The Mario Lemieuxs, the Paul Coffeys, the Tiger Woods, the Michael Jordans are the ones that do things under pressure that make sports great to watch. I'm a fan of talent.
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Hey Scott, was wondering if you could tell me honestly what you think, thanks!
Thank you, Scott. Your article raises some good points.
Scott you may like my last article, more of a game summary
Halak-Ed and Loaded: Montreal Canadiens Goalie Leading Historic Cup Run
Hey Scott, my name is Matt and I've been around BR for a while but just came back recently. So BT wanted the featured columnists to do a Top 5 Playoff Performers per team and collaborate.
So let's collaborate! My e-mail is email@example.com and you can give me what you write and we can put that, my stuff, and Kamal's stuff together too! Let me know what you think!
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Thanks again for responding, Scott. Here in Toronto, the newspaper line since last year has been that "hockey is dead in the desert". Most of the papers wondered why Bettman was defending the Coyotes against Balsillie so adamantly and have since accepted his line that it was all about Balsillie going outside NHL rules. But Bettman has met with the mayor of Quebec and has been openly encouraging the city to build a $400 million arena. He would have to be an utter cad to encourage such spending without promising some kind of payoff and if the NHL can't find an owner for the Coyotes, moving them to Quebec if they build their arena would be the logical thing to do. Quebec has an investor who the NHL likes, Quebecor, and would rather go back there than to Hamilton.
As for Ice Edge, many NHL owners are privately questioning how a franchise can play out of two cities, especially when they are so far apart. Ice Edge is being encouraged because they are the only ones who making any bid to keep the team in Phoenix. If a better investor appeared, I'm sure the NHL would have favored them.
Thanks for reading and commenting on my article, Scott. I agree with you. The money spent on the lawyers and the courts could be better spent. The NHL seems more concerned about the past than the future. In today's Toronto Star, it says that there is an unofficial June deadline for the league to find a new owner committed to Phoenix. If Ice Edge and Glendale can't resolve the lease issue, and no other bidder appears, the NHL will probably consider either folding the team or selling to an owner who will move it (except Balsillie). Speculation is that if Quebec can resolve its arena problem, and commit to building an NHL-size arena, the Coyotes will end up as the Nordiques.