http://www.winnipegsun.com/sports/columnists/paul_friesen/2011/03/07/17529851.html I guess if the jingoistic Winnipeg sports media is going to post nonsense this is the best place to hack it apart. You know how someone gets into sports journalism, right... Nobody in the league thinks that Glendale is a better hockey market than Winnipeg, Paul. It should be patently obvious that simply allowing teams to move wherever they want whenever they want would have serious, if not fatal, repercussions for everyone involved. If it were as simple as that, there'd be six teams in Toronto and five in Montreal and no teams south of Chicago or west of the Rockies. The league is obligated to protect the franchises it already has, not markets it isn't even in. Pretty basic. Posters here in the past have wisely brought up how much different the league's ability to help its franchises has changed over those 15 years. "The best of its ability" now is not the same as "the best of its ability" then. Paul makes the same mistake as others here have, assuming the setting around the state of a franchise is always the same. If you aren't willing to get into the differences, why comment at all? It just makes you look simple. You say "okay, fair enough" only after taking a petty jab at the league for not buying the Jets despite having zilch in the way of evidence that there would EVER be a qualified owner or building? Which is it, Paul? That is dirty journalism. You get that impression because of your inherent biases, Paul. Bettman will move that team in a heartbeat once realistic hope ends. Teams are advanced money they will eventually receive a lot more often than you apparently realize, Paul. The protection of the league's constitution, which Balsillie was attempting to destroy, was the paramount concern, Paul. You might want to keep in mind that had Balsillie been successful, there was absolutely nothing stopping owners from being able to move teams whenever they felt another place would be more profitable regardless of what the league thought. The consequences for small market Canadian teams should be obvious. Want to know the difference, Paul? They are still 'dropping in'. There wasn't a qualified soul in the world who wanted the Jets in Winnipeg in the mid '90s. Wisest thing you said in the whole piece. Winnipeg is not the only place out there that wants an NHL team. With that in mind, how open would you be to a full bidding process on the Coyotes should they move? Would Winnipeg even win? Don't let feelings of entitlement get in the way of your reporting. People in Hamilton did and boy did that ever backfire.