It is hard to say without doubt that the midget troll of doom from Queens, NY is bribing bloggers to say negative things about Jerry Moyes & more shockingly, Wayne Gretzky. But after you read a blog on of all sites, forbes.com by writing hack/bribe accepter, Mike Ozanian, you become more & more certain this is a tactic the NHL has adopted.
In Mindless Mikes newest blog post he suggests Wayne Gretzky, (Yes that Wayne Gretzky. The one who came in as a part owner of a team he KNEW wouldnt succeed, but did it to help sell hockey.) has thrown the NHL under the bus & was compared by Mike to Brutus, the man who lead the assassination of Julius Caesar. Ummm, ok.
Wayne Gretzky is a guy who has ALWAYS taken the NHLs best interests at heart when doing things. This is a guy who could have gone back to Canada where he likely would have been given the key to every city if he had when he was a free agent, but stayed in the U.S. to help sell the game. He took on a part ownership role in Phoenix. You know he would have liked a more stable team to be involved in, but he did it to help the NHL market the game in the south. He poured considerable amounts of his own money into the investment. He even took on the role of team coach to try & boost the teams profile some. None of it worked and he eventually, along with Mr. Moyes, realized it was dying. So he did what any sane person would do. He conceeded defeat & is willing to let the team go elsewhere to hopefully prosper.
Much to Wayne & Mr. Moyes joy, as well as the midget troll of dooms disdain, the man who came looking to buy the team was Jim Balsille. If you want to make the horribly unfair to Caesar comparison of Caesar to the midget troll of doom, them perhaps Jim Balsille is Brutus. He seems determined to bring the troll down. They are mortal enemies. There is no love loss in this battle. Mr. Balsille wants a team, can afford a team & even has a new location he would be able to house the team at upon approval. The problem is, midget troll of doom hates Canada, and Mr. Balsille wants to move his team to....Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA *GASP* What a horrid man! How dare he try to uproot the long rooted mainstay staple of the Arizona sports scene, the Phoenix Coyotes & move them to the unproven sports market of Hamilton, ON, Canada. I mean do they even know what a hockey puck is there? It will never sell, I assure you. I must confess, I was unable to write that last couple lines with a straight face.
I am sure after either his first attempt (The Pittsburgh Penguins) or his 2nd attempt (The Nashville Predators) Jim Balsille realized that midget troll of doom would never let him be an owner in the league while mtod(midget troll of doom) is allowed to incompetently run the ship into the iceberg.
Jim has proven time & time again that Hamilton wants & can support a team. he has taken on seasons ticket downpayments in the past, hes started his own website www.makeitseven.ca where fans can sign up to show their support for bringing a team to Hamilton (well, canada in general). In the court of public opinion, its been multiple 1st round 1 punch knock out wins by Mr. Balsille over the midget troll of doom. The only tactic the NHL has up its sleeve is to defame & lie.
So I am not shocked to see the NHL planting stories where it can. I am sure they will pay well to have writers try to discredit anyone standing up for Mr. Balsilles' plans to move the team from hockey hotbed Glendale, Arizona. Afterall, this is a league that purposely fudges its income numbers & attendance figures to make it seem more legit to fans, prospective sponsors & advertisers. Its a league that expects the strong clubs to prop up lame duck teams like Phoenix....forever. So why do I seem a bit shocked & suprised by this blog? Because its from FORBES! A major financial news website. You would think they might be someone who would decline bribery to inflate the credibility of one side in a fight. Sadly, no. They too are able to be bought off. In the swift stroke of 4 paragraphs Mr. Ozanian brought down the credibility of Forbes to the levels commonly associated with the National Enquirer & Access Hollywood. I sure hope the cheque he got had no less than 9 digits on it, or else he whored himself out for too little, considering who he gave it up to.
The mtod might win this battle. But I assure you, eventually, the hockey world will win the war. Phoenix wont have a team in 3 yrs, this is practically a guarantee. Hamilton SHOULD & if the NHL owners look at the books & start questioning some of mtod numbers, it will. His time is slipping away.