In the wake of the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers to True North Sports & Entertainment Limited, which is moving the team to Winnipeg, TNSE's chairman gives an interview to Canada's National Post. In it, he reveals that Jim Balsillie wasn't the only Canadian trying to poach the Predators for a north-of-the-border run in 2007.
One of those dates back to mid-2007, when the True North chairman was introduced to then-Nashville Predators owner Craig Leopold.
A face-to-face meeting, with Bettman’s blessing, took place quietly in Nashville.
“It was just purely exploratory,” Chipman said. “Their ownership was looking to sell that team and they were in a position where the team could not only have been sold but moved. In the end, very quickly, a local ownership group emerged and as you have seen, that’s the NHL’s M.O. — they don’t like teams moving.
“When the ownership group emerged there, that was the end of the discussion.”
In the meantime, of course, that local ownership group has made serious strides towards stability.