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<strong>There was a time</strong> when MyHockeyBuzz and HockeyBuzz were littered with posts about the Preds from both Pred fans and those who hated the fact that a team was deep in Dixie. Where though, I ask, has it all gone?
For fans of the franchise I think there is some fatigue for sure. For a couple of months now we have been living in this unknown, grasping any news that seemed the least bit positive. Many fans spent hours posting and defending our right to a team to Canadian patriots who hunger for more hockey north of the border. When the 'Save The Preds Rally' arrived on the heels of news that local ownership was making a real push to keep the team in Nashville you could almost hear the Nashville hockey community exhale...ahhhhhh. We were tired. It's tough fighting for and defending your teams survival each day.
Fans hoping for a Music City Failure I believe also find themselves a bit tired as well. For just as long fans in Canada (especially in Hamilton) have been hoping that these Preds would find their way north. Posts were written about how Nashville did not deserve a team and why this team belonged in Canada. For these fans I think much wind went out of their sails when current Preds owner Craig Leipold broke off talks with Jim Balsillie. Follow that up with a successful ticket rally (heck even Eklund came for that one!)and a real chance that local ownership rescues the team and you have these fans looking to expansion or elsewhere as their next target.
<strong>What is next?</strong> Unfortunately it's more waiting. I have been desperately trying to get someone to talk to me about the potential sale to the local group but if there is one thing they are doing well it's staying quiet. So we wait. Both fans and not. Waiting to see what the future holds for the team here in Nashville.
Come October though we will have hockey and the thought of that makes this writer very very happy.