Sam Fingold -- Get to know him!
Sam Fingold is a name you will want to know over the coming months.
Thanks to our friends at Hockey Populace , a great hockey blog, I have a link to an interview with Sam Fingold, the real estate mogul that wants to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins and, possibly, move them to KC.
The interview is from The Fan 590 in Toronto.
Where will Fingold take the Penguins if he purchases them?
Fingold says he's had preliminary conversations with the new arena in Kansas City and says he has had a quick conversation with Winnipeg. He says the Winnipeg Arena is a bit too small for the new NHL.
Fingold says his first choice is to stay in Pittsburgh if the Isle of Capri/Penguins group is awarded the slots license.
Does Fingold want the Penguins or any NHL team?
He says his motivation is to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins and not just any NHL franchise. He says there are six or seven teams he could look at purchasing (which, I still don't believe). He says the Penguins are attractive for two reasons: the Penguins are a fantastic team and they are "portable."
He says he had no interest in bidding on the St. Louis Blues because they are a terrible team that needs rebuilding.
Is Las Vegas really a contender?
He says people have to shift their focus OFF of Las Vegas. He says it's not going to happen because "the casinos" don't want the competition for the entertainment dollar. They want people to stay in their casinos, see shows in their casinos and go to Championship Fights in their casinos.
The Fan 590 host doesn't agree, but when a potential NHL owner says Vegas isn't a possibility, I tend to agree with the potential owner over the talk show host.
Sam Fingold lives in Hartford and says he has no intention of putting a team in Hartford.