just curious but do you know which teams have used for (or even asked for) public funds to build a stadium/arena? I need help in understanding a situation (go ahead, take some cheap shots, I'm opening myself up to them with that line...) so feel free to explain it to me in simple terms: An owner wants a new arena, says he/she cannot "compete" without one. The owner asks for the public to help fund the building of a new arena. Great. Now said owner claims that he/she still cannot compete and they shut out their employees. In turn, other workers lose their jobs (usher's, etc) and have to go on unemployment or need another form of public assistance (job re-training, whatever) which means I have to pay more taxes to make up the difference. All the while games are being cancelled so no revenue for the area because of no games. So, I, the taxpayer, am asked to 1. pay for your stadium to house your business 2. take an additional burden in taxes in one form or another after you've locked out all your employees 3. see no benefit to our local economy in the form of game-related revenues which in turn hurts our ability to pay the increased taxes for your new stadium. What am I missing here? Seriously.... why should I even for a second consider 'siding' with any owner of any NHL team, anywhere? Not a chance, frankly.