Nashville Predators' owner Craig Leipold thanks the fans for their support following the team's last home game on April 11, 2002 in Nashville, Tenn. // Nashville Predators, Hamilton (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

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Nashville Predators' owner Craig Leipold thanks the fans for their support following the team's last home game on April 11, 2002 in Nashville, Tenn.

Once his plans for the Pittsburgh Penguins were foiled, next on Jim Balsillie's list were the Nashville Predators. Balsillie reached a tentative agreement to buy the team from then-owner Craig Leipold in May 2007, with the hopes of relocating the team to Hamilton. But the sale irked the league, in part, because Balsillie began gauging interest by selling tickets online - a number that reportedly reached 7,000 deposits on the first day and climbed to 12,000 with 80 luxury boxes in total. Soon after, Leipold advised the NHL not to consider Balsillie, which paved the way for the league to bring in the dubious William (Boots) Del Biaggio III while Leipold left town for Minnesota.

* Bing: Where is Del Biaggio now?