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Are you kidding us?
Gloves off, mattresses ready, time to take the territory that to this point has been disguised as non-existent. The territory of southern ontario between Toronto and Buffalo.
The territory that true hockey fans cannot seem to see hockey in, except if they have a television set, and perhaps subscriptions to TSN, Sportsnet, the CBC, and, hold your ears faint of heart, Leaf TV.
The taxing of a nation, mercilessly on those lucky enough (at this point, debatable) to subsidize the southern NHL teams.
It is time, like William Wallace, to take what is rightfully Canadian. The territory representative of the hockey hotbed and passion of Ontario. We must also pay tribute to the hockey crazed areas of the west and east, and Winnipeg is in the hearts of us all.
Wallace was able to rally his people to fight for freedom, to fight for what is rightfully theirs.
We can argue, as Canadians, that the right to have hockey in our territory is our right!
Why should a kingdom from the east, in the Toronto Maple Leafs, be able to claim our territory?
Can we look at the commissioner as King Edward, as ‘Longshanks’ as he was called in those days. Willing to bend the rules as he sees fit, and avoiding points of law at all cost?
I think we can.
Here is where this stood, as reported by the Toronto Star,
“……the veto rights, found at the bottom of article 4.3: “No franchise shall be granted for a home territory within the home territory of a member, without the written consent of such member.””Hamilton is considered part of the Leafs’ territory since it’s within a 50-mile (80-kilometre) radius of Toronto. Coyotes’ lawyers say the Leafs have prevented relocations to Hamilton before – the last was an attempt by Ottawa – and aren’t likely to approve this one. The Leafs refer all calls to the NHL.
“Coyotes’ lawyers say the NHL’s constitution violates Canadian competition laws and U.S. antitrust laws and implored the judge to ignore it.”
And, On August 13th, the Globe Sports added:
His lawyers’ request said Balsillie “believes that, notwithstanding the NHL’s pretextual arguments, the Maple Leafs are trying to block [Balsillie’s] purchase of the Coyotes in order to prevent a Hamilton relocation and competition with the Maple Leafs in Southern Ontario.”
Lawyers for Balsillie and Moyes want to grill Peddie about the Leafs’ motives. They also want to question Bettman, Daly, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold.
It is quickly becoming obvious again that this is a case of territorial rights. The NHL is blocking the bid of Balsillie in any way it can, using the 26-0 vote and an accustion of poor character on Balsillie as the excuse.
The NHL is painting itself into a corner, and I hope the Board of Governors all know that they will be held liable and accountable for the fortunes of a few. In short, what may benefit a few will cost the many!
I wonder if Longshanks painted Wallace as the bad guy in Scotland so many years ago. I am willing to bet according to the king of England, Wallace would have been ‘painted’ of poor character too, as he manipulated his henchmen to build popular vote against him.
The Make it Seven rant page and website was a public relations site, and the Balsillie camp knew that it would take many hockey fans upset at the territory that is being denied us.
If Wallace stood alone, Wallace would have been defeated.
We have the king of Toronto vacationing, while the white knite is hiding in the bushes, peering out, waiting for the outcome and the prize to be handed over. Yes, sounds like the battle in Scotland of old.
The people of Scotland were willing to lose their lives for the freedom of their people, and the rights they deserved.
The people of Canada, particularly Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec City and other deserving parts of Canada that can truly support hockey need to start talking and supporting this cause.
It won’t be our lives on the line as in Scotland many years ago.
But the principle of rights and freedoms are the same!