Stephen Brunt

Monday, Jun. 15, 2009 10:45PM EDT

So is that all there is?

Maybe not. Jim Balsillie, as he has made eminently clear during his pursuit of a National Hockey League franchise heck, as he made eminently clear fighting a quixotic battle over patent infringement that wound up costing him hundreds of millions of dollars is not a man who is discouraged easily.

But there will now have to be at least one more twist in the road.

Last night, Judge Redfield T. Baum, a jurist better known to Canadians now than Sonia Sotomayor, turned down Mr. Balsillies motion to buy the Phoenix Coyotes out of bankruptcy and move them to Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.