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Owners need to size up Balsillie, reach collective stance on Preds

Updated: June 23, 2007, 4:23 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jim Balsillie, rogue would-be owner or an important part of the National Hockey League's future?

Given the way the BlackBerry mogul has been demonized around the hockey world in recent weeks and months, isn't it about time the league's owners decided for themselves? Isn't it about time Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold emerged from commissioner Gary Bettman's shadow and insisted the rest of the owners, or at least the NHL's executive committee, meet with Balsillie ...

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