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Alan Adams / Special to FOXSports.com
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Maybe he'll call them the K-W Warriors, or the Kitchener Knights.

Anything but the Kitchener Penguins.
Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie hasn't come out and said he's moving his latest purchase, the Pittsburgh Penguins, out of Pennsylvania.

But the smart money is on the Penguins making their way north, and relocating in hockey-mad southern Ontario.

Balsillie is the co-CEO of Canada's Research In Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry. He is from Kitchener, Ontario, and his company headquarters are in nearby Waterloo.

Connect the dots.

You'd have to think that there's nothing Balsillie would like more than to get up in the morning, walk over to his shiny new NHL arena and see his new toy, the K-W Warriors or the Kitchener Knights or whatever you want to call them.

It's not as far-fetched as it may sound.

This we know:

The Penguins are in dire need of a new arena.

Negotiations for an arena to replace the 45-year-old Mellon Arena have been held up because Mario Lemieux's group has a deal with the Isle of Capri casino chain to build the arena at no cost to the team or city. That deal is contingent on Isle of Capri being granted the license for a new downtown Pittsburgh slot machine parlor.

The license is not expected to be awarded until at least the end of December.

City and Allegheny County officials have urged the team to agree to a Plan B deal to build the arena if Isle of Capri does not get the casino. Land for the project has been acquired across the street from Mellon Arena.

However, Lemieux's group has declined to accept the alternative plan, saying it is bound to the Isle of Capri deal.
Enter Balsillie, who bought the Penguins last week for a reported $175 million.

He has absolutely no ties to Pittsburgh and relocating the Penguins to near his home makes so much sense it is a little scary.

The Kitchener-Waterloo area is within an hour's drive of more than 1.5 million hockey fans, and these fans would like nothing more than to be able to see a game. The Toronto Maple Leafs have priced themselves out of a lot of households, and that's providing you can get a pair of tickets.

The southern Ontario market currently belongs to the Maple Leafs and the Leafs' owners would have to be compensated if Balsillie moved the Penguins to within 65 miles of the front door of the cash cow commonly known as the Air Canada Centre.

That rules out Hamilton, and besides, the Copps Coliseum is too old and rundown for the NHL. Imagine the Penguins moving from the oldest NHL arena into what would become the oldest NHL arena. In other words, it is not going to happen.

But the Kitchener-Waterloo area falls outside the 65-mile indemnification area for the Maple Leafs. Balsillie has the coin to build an arena, and you know the new home for the Penguins would be 10 feet on the other side of the dividing line so as to snub his nose at the Maple Leafs. But he would need some form of multi-level government assistance if he decided to bring a second NHL team to southern Ontario.

Balsillie said all the right things when he met with the Penguins media last week.

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Alan Adams / Special to FOXSports.com
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The Kitchener-Waterloo area is within an hour's drive of more than 1.5 million hockey fans, and these fans would like nothing more than to be able to see a game. The Toronto Maple Leafs have priced themselves out of a lot of households, and that's providing you can get a pair of tickets.
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That is true though about the tickets, I would love to get leaf tickets for some people and ebay is basically my only option but paying $200 for 2 seats at the very top seems like a lot. To get back on topic it will be an interesting few months especially if the Penguins don't get the license. I am all for another team in Canada but I would rather have the Penguins stay in Pittsburgh and expansion later. Although having Crosby, Malkin, Staal, Fleury, Armstrong etc so close to be able to see play more often then a few times would be very cool.
 

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Yea im pretty sure there keeping the team in pittsburgh, and if they did move the team up north i dont think they would move the team to KW.
 

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First off, I'd want them to keep the team in Pittsburgh, that's for sure.

As for the subject of another team in Southern Ontario:

I don't like it. There are already Ottawa, Toronto, Buffalo, and the Rangers and Islanders in the area.

I'm sure it would give the Leafs someone to look over their shoulder with if Hamilton were to get a team, but I'd really like a team out West/Middle North American. Closer to Vancouver, or at least somewhere under the Western Canadian teams and near Denver. After that, there's nothing there but the teams down in California.

Seattle comes up quite often, since they're right under Vancouver, and it's well known that the Canucks have to travel more than any other team in the league for their road games. A team right below them would do good for the league IMO, and fill in a huge hole there.



I know Seattle was close to getting a team before the last 4 teams came to the NHL, but Bettman overlooked them. Of course, it didn't all work out bad, but some of the cities/states that have a team from then onwards (and some before then) are questionable.

I'm hoping someday someone will come along and give it ago in Seattle.
 
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