Balsillie Keeps Pressure On
As George Costanza would say, they're taking it up a notch.
Jim Balsillie's bid to bring the Phoenix Coyotes to Hamilton, which is riding heavily on an Arizona bankruptcy judge's decision in 10 days, has pushed the envelope every step of the way. Often, that has angered NHL officials.
Well, Gary Bettman and Co. probably won't be thrilled this morning when the Balsillie group unveils its renovation plans for Copps Coliseum, an attempt to make the rink NHL ready.
Copps has hosted many major events, including the 1987 and 1991 Canada Cups, but requires upwards of $150 million in upgrades, including the addition of private suites.
Balsillie is expected to unveil the name of an architectural firm and show drawings of the planned renovations.
On a day when a news report suggested the Coyotes are likely to lose another $17 million in the coming weeks, it's another way for Balsilie to aggressively ramp up the pressure on the Bettman administration to stop funding the money-losing Phoenix franchise and let it move to Canada.