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09-22-2004, 01:04 PM
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Vlad The Impaler
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Originally Posted by nomorekids
I have a terrific idea! Let's put hockey back where it's already failed once before...and create two more Canadian teams that have to go on NHL life-support!

VIVE LE WINNIPEG! VIVE LE QUEBEC!

Who cares that Winnipeg was only pulling in 11-12000 a night...it just makes sense that they have a team, because I want to live the Canadian dream! While we're at it, we should contract a team like Nashville...because...while they've only had one successful year, and while they had arguably the loudest arena during the playoffs, and while EVERY home playoff game sold out immediately...it's my myopic belief that they had their chance! Here, let me drag up attendance numbers, and ignore the fact that the Predators lost less money last year than the Oilers, the Devils, the Rangers, the Blues, and in fact...most other teams! Let me also ignore the fact that the hallowed Red Wings could barely get their building half-full during the abysmal 80s...or that the Canucks were once a laughingstock with one of the worst attendance records in the league. Who cares! They deserved the benefit of the doubt during THEIR mediocre years. I'm Joe TradNHLFan, and I wants what me wants! I'll continue to go around spouting the pedestrian belief that "overexpansion" is somehow the cause of all the NHL problems..and meanwhile I'll ignore how much my beloved Maple Leafs are paying Ed Belfour and Owen Nolan.

I WANT MY NHL!
:lol

That was absolutely hilarious! Can't quote a specifit bit, it's all good

Concerning overexpension, I'd like to say I believe the expansions were done much, much too fast. As much from a business/marketing than from a hockey standpoint, it was a horrible plan. Going from 21 to 30 teams in roughly a decade. That's almost a 33% growth in too small a timeframe.

This isn't a "too teams in Florida soxx0rz annd steall ouwrcanadiann prideBettmanis behinds all this and the yanks are conqwerwring the worldz" message

I just believe there shouldn't be hockey in half those expansions yet. Should have been done over 20 to (preferably) 30 years. For the expansion team fan of course, he/she is very happy to have a hockey team and I'm happy for them. And what's done is done but I would disagree it isn't a cause of problems. Could have been much smoother.

Also, (and it is related to expansions but not their faults) I question the whys and hows of these expansions. They do seem like they were made with limited vision as a mean to cash grab. With the money being used unwisely in the manner of a freaking junkie. They should have used those funds wisely. But, as I said, this isn't about the expansion and more about the long time owners and their short term vision.

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