Looksl ike it's a possibility that the Buffal Sabres could in fact be for sale, citing the economy as one of the main reasons to do so. I had heard this on Hockeycentral @ noon, apparently the owner(s) purchased the franchise for $25 million, and less all loses, if they sold today for $200 million, they could potentially have made $175 million, not a bad investment. With possibly more than a few wealthy Canadian businessmen (Balsillie and a Calgary businessman, among them) interested in purchasing and relocating teams to Canada, why not? With Buffalo out of the way, it makes it easier to relocate the team to a Southern Ontario market, and one or more of both Florida teams, Columbus (
), Phoenix, and Nashville could also be moved to Quebec, Winnipeg and some more steady US markets (Hartford?, Las Vegas, Kansas City?).
Even with the economy as it is, its almost a given that a team in Canada would fair much better than a team is now in one of those failing US markets. As well, guys like Balsillie acknowledge the risk of economic loss and accept it, which shows how sincere and committed they'd be to owning a franchise.