The Jim Balsillie/Phoenix Coyotes/Hamilton saga may or may not be dead, Judge Rejects Balsillie, but the beat goes on in Montreal.
I don’t care who buys the Montreal Canadiens, as long as he or she or they, are honest, non-meddling, upstanding folk who understand the history and the importance of the Montreal Canadiens, maintain and continue the great tradition, don’t have any gangster friends, and hopefully really like Canada. I also like idea of the owner being from Quebec and is Quebec-based. Although rich guys from the other nine provinces are a great second choice.
A Quebec owner would get it, I think. The whole Habs thing. And of course he’d have primo seats at the Bell Centre, and a private box. If he’s single and bringing a date, he might want the private box. But he has to understand that he’s basically just the money guy. The Montreal Canadiens belong to all Habs fans everywhere. He’s just kind of opening his wallet quite often. And he’s paying really capable hockey men to run the club for him.
I don’t care if the owner’s a woman, an entertainer, an ex-player, a beer guy, or simply a very rich business person who comes out of the woodwork. Hopefully there’s no shady past, and it would be good if he went to church and kissed little babies. But please, no meddling.
It’ll be nice when the selling and buying of the Montreal Canadiens is done, the papers are signed, and we move on to those who wear the sweater. I hope the new owner’s a good guy (or woman), is salt-of-the-earth, makes lots of money, the players are well treated, stars from elsewhere actually want to play in Montreal, and everything’s all peace and love on this upcoming 40th anniversity of The Atlantic City Pop Festival and Woodstock in July and August.
And Jim Balsillie says the Phoenix/Hamilton thing isn’t over ’till the fat lady sings.