NHL.com: Nashville makes All-Star Game pitch to NHL

Wednesday, 04.11.2012 / 8:30 PM CT / News
NHL.com
X
Share with your Friends


NHL.com: Nashville makes All-Star Game pitch to NHL
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman got a firsthand look Wednesday at the convention center being built near Bridgestone Arena -- a facility that would be a big part of the city\'s push to host an All-Star Game.

NASHVILLE -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman got a firsthand look Wednesday at the convention center being built near Bridgestone Arena -- a facility that would be a big part of the city's push to host an All-Star Game.

The massive convention center, which extends for several city blocks, is under construction directly behind Bridgestone Arena and adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame -- and which stretches for several city blocks.

"It looks nice," he said in a meeting with the media prior to the Predators' playoff opener against Detroit. "Very impressive looking. Big, very big."

Bettman said he expected to meet later in the evening with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean.

"We're going to come with an All-Star Game," he said. "I can't give you a year yet. I'm sure Mayor Dean, who I'll see later tonight, will be pitching it again. We will be coming with an All-Star Game. It's just a question of lining up the stars and making sure we're on the right time frame."

The new convention center would be a centerpiece of All-Star Weekend.

"The convention center is an essential element," Bettman said. "We hold our Fan Fest there, a number of our receptions, for those of you who were in Ottawa this year for the All-Star Game, saw the terrific use we made of their convention center, so we're excited about the prospects and it looks like that is going to be a wonderful facility."

Bettman also said the League is still talking with potential buyers of the NHL-owned Phoenix Coyotes, but that there's no timeline for a sale.

"We're continuing to work on it," he said. "I know the [Glendale City] Council met last night and we're continuing to talk to prospective purchasers who are in various stages of seeing if they can get it done and at the same time reach an agreement with the city."

The Phoenix Business Journal reported that the council discussed three bidders and identified former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison as moving closer to buying the team and keeping it its current home of Jobing.com Arena.

However, Bettman did not want to discuss any particular group.

"I don't think it serves a constructive purpose to discuss the specifics of who may be doing what," he said. "There is activity ongoing on a variety of fronts and I think we need to let it play out without outside interference."

Author: John Manasso | NHL.com Correspondent

  • FACEBOOK

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61